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Lecture 4

THEA 1200 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Henrik Ibsen, Mabou Mines, Avant-Garde


Department
Theatre
Course Code
THEA 1200
Professor
Alberto Guevara
Lecture
4

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Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906)
Major 18th century playwright
Considered the father of “realism”
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Born: March 20, 1828, In Norway
Renowned realist plays include
A Doll’s House (1879)
Ghosts (1881)
An Enemy of the People (1882)
Renowned more symbolist plays:
The Wild Duck
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A Doll House as a new genre of modern drama – theatre as a forum for
exposing social problems
Ibsen – the father of modern drama, concerned with portraying the real world
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Main Themes
Appearances and Reality
Betrayal
Deception
Growth and Development
Honor
Identity and Search for Self
Pride
Sexism and Gender Inequality
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Symbols
Symbol: Something that stands for something else
Christmas Tree
The Party Costume
Rank’s Illness
Tarantella
New Year’s Day
o1888: laws passed that help women control money
o1879: a wife was not legally permitted to borrow money without a male
relative’s consent such as a husband or father
Ibsen believed in human rights, not necessarily women’s rights
In the early 19th century, women were allowed into the workplace
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