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Strindberg’s Dramaturgy

Strindberg’s Dramaturgy by Goran Stockenstrom
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The contributors to "Strindberg's Dramaturgy" - an international group of scholars, critics and directors - explore this complex pattern of signification or meaning in both his dramatic discourse and the actual staging of the plays. Their aim is to better understand Strindberg's impact on 20th century theatre from this dual point; the dialetic tension between text and stage characterizes every chapter in the book. Structured in four parts, the book opens with several essays that establish for Strindberg a historical context reaching beyond theatre - his place in Western humanism, his relation to Nietzsche, his use of myth and of Swedish history. The essays in Part 2 explore the nature of Strindberg's modernism, and those in Part 3 contrast the naturalistic plays of the 1880s with the post-inferno dramas to test continuities and changes in his work as it became, in Eugene O'Neill's words "supernaturalistic". In the last part, the authors tackle the dramaturgy of the dream plays, emphasizing the challenge they have always posed in the realm of creative stagecraft.
University of Minnesota Press; December 1988
399 pages; ISBN 9780816600076
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Title: Strindberg’s Dramaturgy
Author: Goran Stockenstrom
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