Bernard Shaw and His Contemporaries

Shaw’s Ibsen

A Re-Appraisal

Authors: Templeton, Joan

  • Argues that Shaw was a masterful reader of Ibsen's plays
  • Examines Ibsen’s primordial importance in Shaw’s brilliant but neglected dramatic criticism
  • Challenges the popular notion that Shaw used Ibsen to promote his own world view
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This book argues that Shaw was a masterful reader of Ibsen's plays both as texts and as the cornerstone of the modern theatre. Dismantling the notion that Shaw distorted Ibsen to promote his own view of the world, and establishing Shaw’s initial interest in Ibsen as the poet of Peer Gynt, it chronicles Shaw’s important role in the London Ibsen campaign and exposes the falsity of the tradition that Shaw branded Ibsen as a socialist. Further, this study shows that Shaw’s famous but maligned The Quintessence of Ibsenism reflects Ibsen’s own anti-idealist notion of his work and argues that Shaw’s readings of Ibsen’s plays are pioneering analyses that anticipate later criticism. It offers new readings of Shaw’s “Ibsenist” plays as well as a comprehensive account of Ibsen’s importance for Shaw’s dramatic criticism, from his early journalism to Our Theatres of the Nineties, both as a weapon against the inanities of the Victorian stage and as the standard bearer for modernism.

About the authors

Joan Templeton is Professor Emerita of Long Island University, USA, past President of the Ibsen Society of America and the International Ibsen Committee, and has taught at the universities of Paris-Sorbonne, Tours, and Limoges. Her work includes the books Ibsen's Women and Munch’s Ibsen: A Painter’s Visions of a Playwright and twenty-five articles in journals, including PMLA, Modern Drama, Scandinavian Studies, and Ibsen Studies.

Table of contents (4 chapters)

  • The Road to the Quintessence

    Templeton, Joan

    Pages 1-52

  • The Quintessence of Ibsenism, 1891

    Templeton, Joan

    Pages 53-150

  • The Ibsenite in the Theatre, 1892-1898

    Templeton, Joan

    Pages 151-252

  • The Quintessence of Ibsenism: Now Completed to the Death of Ibsen, 1913

    Templeton, Joan

    Pages 253-319

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eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-54044-7
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  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-54341-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Shaw’s Ibsen
Book Subtitle
A Re-Appraisal
Authors
Series Title
Bernard Shaw and His Contemporaries
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-54044-7
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-54044-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-54341-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXV, 359
Number of Illustrations and Tables
17 b/w illustrations
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