Text and Supertext in Ibsen S Drama Brian Johnston

ISBN: 9780271006444

Published: October 1st 1990

Hardcover

404 pages


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Text and Supertext in Ibsen S Drama  by  Brian Johnston

Text and Supertext in Ibsen S Drama by Brian Johnston
October 1st 1990 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 404 pages | ISBN: 9780271006444 | 10.45 Mb

Brian Johnstons approach to Ibsen, now well known, is unlike any other. Johnston sees Ibsens twelve realist plays as a single cyclical work, the realist method of which hides a much larger poetic intention than has previously been suspected. HeMoreBrian Johnstons approach to Ibsen, now well known, is unlike any other. Johnston sees Ibsens twelve realist plays as a single cyclical work, the realist method of which hides a much larger poetic intention than has previously been suspected. He believes that the cycle constitutes one of the major works of the European imagination, comparable in scale to Goethe or Dante.

And he has shown Ibsen to be the heir to Romantic and Hegelian art and thought, adapting this heritage to the circumstances of his own day.This work demonstrates how the language and scene, characters and props, of the Ibsen dramas establish a bold and far-reaching theatrical goal: nothing less than an account of our biological and cultural identity in its multilayered totality.

Johnston argues that Ibsens realist text, while stimulating the appearance of nineteenth-century life, also objectively and precisely builds up an alternative image in which archetypal figures and situations from our cultural past repossess the realist stage. Thus he sees the Ibsen strategy in his realist plays as twofold: (1) the dialectical subversion of the nineteenth-century reality presented in the plays, and (2) the forced recovery of the archetypal from the past, in a procedure similar to James Joyces in Ulysses.

By supertext Johnston means a reservoir of cultural reference upon which Ibsen continuously drew in his realist work just as in is earlier poetic and historical dramas.



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