Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler

A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

Edited by Christopher Innes

© 2003 – Routledge

208 pages

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About the Book

Since Hedda Gabler exploded on to European and American stages in the 1890s, the play and its title character have troubled and transfixed audiences, performers and critics the world over. In this sourcebook, Christopher Innes balances essential reprinted texts with clear, incisive commentary to:

*set the play within the contexts of Norwegian nationalism, the women's movement and the cultural movement of Naturalism

*examine and emphasize the links between the performance and criticism of the play, from 1890 to the present

*offer the ideal guide to key passages in the play, showing how a knowledge of the play's contexts, performance history and critical fortunes can give rise to exciting new readings of the text

*prepare readers for further study of the play, with suggestions for reading on specific issues of interest.

No student should be without this guide as they enter the fascinating world of Hedda Gabler, Henrik Ibsen and Naturalist theater.

About the Editor

Christopher Innes is Canada Research Chair in Performance and Culture, based at the University of York, Ontario.

About the Series

Routledge Guides to Literature

Routledge Guides to Literature are clear introductions to authors and texts most frequently studied by undergraduate students of literature. Each book explores texts, contexts and criticism, highlighting the critical views and contextual factors that students must consider in advanced studies of literary works.
Each guide presents a variety of approaches and interpretations, encouraging readers to think critically about 'standard' views and to make independent readings of literary texts. Alongside general guides to texts and authors, the series includes 'sourcebooks', which incorporate extracts from key contextual and critical materials as well as annotated passages from the primary text.
Some books in this series were originally published in the Routledge Literary Sourcebook series, edited by Duncan Wu, or the Complete Critical Guide to English Literature series, edited by Richard Bradford and Jan Jedrzjewski.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT004250
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / Scandinavian
LIT013000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Drama
PER011000
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General