Ibsen and Early Modernist Theatre, 1890-1900

Synopsis

Best known as the author of such plays as A Doll's House and Hedda Gabler, Henrik Ibsen is one of the most influential figures of modern drama. During the 1890s, his works were staged by radically different avant-garde groups in England and France, a simultaneous cross-cultural exchange that demonstrated his centrality to early modernist activity both in the theatre and in other arts. This book locates the basis for an early modernist theatre in the new wave that Ibsen created internationally. Looking specifically at four Ibsen plays and their production and reception in England and France in the early 1890s, Shepherd-Barr examines Ibsen's seminal role in the radical artistic movements of this period.