Strindberg on Drama and Theatre
Strindberg on Drama and Theatre
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Contents - 6 Preface - 7 Introduction - 12 1870-1880 - 28 1881-1889 - 32 1891-1899 - 86 1900-1906 - 92 1907-1912 - 108 Strindberg’s Plays - 174 Notes - 180 Select Bibliography - 191 Name and Ti t l e Index - 196 Subject Index - 202

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What a gift it is to hear Strindberg's clear and daring voice and to experience how truly modern he was in his thinking. His understanding of the theatre and the art of acting and his constant search for truth and meaning -- in everything and everyone -- demands that we stay truthful to his plays and to ourselves. Bo Corre, member of the New York Actors Studio (established 1947, Ellen Burstyn, Harvey Keitel and Al Pacino, Co-Presidents) |This comprehensive and long overdue assembly of Strindberg’s statements about theatre and drama is a rich and eminently accessible resource-presented in one volume, in English, and in chronological order-for scholars, theatre practitioners and serious students the world over. It makes possible a survey of the entire spectrum of Strindberg’s responses to theatre and drama, thereby inviting new insights and discoveries regarding not only his opinions and theories but also his plays. For in addition to clarifying how statements of Strindberg’s “fit” or illustrate the history and theory of theatre and drama, it illuminates the matrix of Strindberg’s own highly charged dramaturgy. His various statements (prefaces, memos, critiques, musings, exhortations, advice, apologias, complaints, etc.)-sometimes in the guise of prescriptive theory, though always derivative and rarely fully developed-were all subjective weapons to achieve his ends. Taken as such, they collectively cast a new and revealing light on his dramatic oeuvre, structurally, thematically, and culturally. When seen through the lens of Strindberg’s evolving relationship to drama and theatre-at the intersection of theory and practice, of craft and instinct, of page and stage-each play offers a richer experience for reader, theatre practitioner and audience member alike. Whether studying or teaching Strindberg, preparing to produce one of his plays or simply enjoying engaging with 19th-20th century theatre and drama seen through the eyes of one its giants, this work is an indispensible companion, resource and guide. Anne-Charlotte Harvey Professor Emerita of Theatre School of Theatre, Television and Film San Diego State University Anne-Charlotte Hanes Harvey

Birgitta Steene, Egil Törnqvist (eds)

Strindberg on Drama and Theatre

Sweden’s August Strindberg (1849-1912) has long been recognised as one of the leading dramatists around the turn of the last century. His electrifying theatre work resonated with the public in his lifetime, and continues to grip playwrights and audiences today. A restless innovator of various drama forms, he was a source of inspiration for Eugene O’Neill, Samuel Beckett and Ingmar Bergman, and has proved seminal to the development of modern drama. His preface to Miss Julie and his prefatory note to A Dream Play are well known and often reprinted. What is less well known is that Strindberg frequently commented on drama and theatre in general, and on his own plays and their staging in particular. This book presents the most important of these comments, chronologically assembled and annotated, many of them for the first time in an English translation.

An essential resource for those interested in one of the most influential modern playwrights and for the dedicated theatre lover.

Birgitta Steene

Swedish-born Birgitta Steene, PhD, is professor emerita in cinema studies and Scandinavian literature at the University of Washington and has also been a professor in the film department at Stockholm University. She is the recipient of an honoris causa doctorate from her alma mater, the University of Uppsala. The author of numerous books and articles on Scandinavian drama and film, Birgitta Steene has focused much of her research on Ingmar Bergman and has lectured extensively on the subject throughout the world.

Egil Törnqvist

Egil Törnqvist (19.12.1932 - 9.3.2015) was professor emeritus of Scandinavian studies at the University of Amsterdam, author of Drama as Text and Performance, and a leading Strindberg and Bergman scholar. In 2004, he received the renowned Strindberg Prize.