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The Resource Text and supertext in Ibsen's drama, Brian Johnston

Text and supertext in Ibsen's drama, Brian Johnston

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Text and supertext in Ibsen's drama
Title
Text and supertext in Ibsen's drama
Statement of responsibility
Brian Johnston
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Brian Johnston's approach to Ibsen, now well known, is unlike any other. Johnston sees Ibsen's 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 Ibsen's 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 Joyce's 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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1932-
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Johnston, Brian
Dewey number
839.8/226
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Ibsen, Henrik
  • Criticism
  • Drama
Label
Text and supertext in Ibsen's drama, Brian Johnston
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Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 291-293) and index
Color
multicolored
Control code
ocn925522414
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 299 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780271040646
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unknown
Publisher number
MWT11617555
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not applicable
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unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)925522414
Label
Text and supertext in Ibsen's drama, Brian Johnston
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 291-293) and index
Color
multicolored
Control code
ocn925522414
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 299 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780271040646
Level of compression
unknown
Publisher number
MWT11617555
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)925522414

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