Posted on:February 6, 2017
Theatre for a New Audience’s Open Books is our series of lively, engaging conversations with the authors of some of American theatre's most acclaimed new books. These free public talks are curated and moderated by the Theatre's Literary Advisor, Jonathan Kalb, and include a Q&A with the author and a book signing.
IBSEN’S HOUSE: ARCHITECTURAL METAPHOR AND THE MODERN UNCANNY
BY MARK B. SANDBERG
Henrik Ibsen’s plays engaged his public through a strategic use of metaphors of house and home, which resonated with experiences of displacement, philosophical homelessness, and exile. The most famous of these metaphors – embodied by the titles of his plays A Doll’s House, Pillars of Society, and The Master Builder – have entered into mainstream Western thought in ways that mask the full force of the reversals Ibsen performed on notions of architectural space. Analyzing literary and performance-related reception materials from Ibsen’s lifetime, Mark B. Sandberg concentrates on the interior dramas of the playwright’s prose-play cycle, and reveals how Ibsen became a master of the modern uncanny.
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