The Cambridge companion to August Strindberg

August Strindberg is one of the most enduring of nineteenth-century dramatists, and is also an internationally recognized novelist, autobiographer, and painter. This Companion presents contributions by leading international scholars on different aspects of Strindberg's highly colorful life and...

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Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Robinson, Michael, 1944 July 13-
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Series: Cambridge companions to literature.
Online Access: Online version
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Comprising 13 well-written essays by a group of acclaimed international scholars, this companion explores various aspects of Strindberg's extensive corpus, which includes fiction, autobiographical musings, poems, correspondence, paintings, monographs in history and science, tracts in the political and social sciences, and, of course, plays. Except for two chapters that treat the novels and self-studies, the collection focuses its critical and contextualizing perspectives on Strindberg's lasting impact on the theater. The volume includes pieces devoted to the modernism characteristic of the dramatist's most often performed works: the naturalist dramas--The Father, Miss Julie, and The Dance of Death; the experimental dramas--To Damascus and A Dream Play; the chamber plays--for example, The Ghost Sonata; and the history plays--Master Olof, Gustav Vasa, and Erik XIV (to name just three). The contributors consider other themes as well--among them Strindberg's animus toward women and his enduring interest in science, the occult, the visual arts, sexual politics, and the dynamics of the human psyche--but only to the extent that they cast light on the playwright's innovative stagecraft. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. H. I. Einsohn Middlesex Community College

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