With Vine-Leaves in His Hair: The Role of the Artist in Ibsen's Plays | Buy Now
ISBN-10: 1870041674 ISBN-13: 9781870041676
248 pages RRP £14.95 paperback 2006 Series A
The title of this study of the artist in Ibsen's work alludes to Hedda Gabler's ambitions for the heroic death of her former lover, and points to a cultural inheritance from both Greek tragedy and Romanticism's concept of the artist-as-rebel. The artist is of great importance to Ibsen's prose plays in his presentation of contemporary social tensions. This study focuses particularly on Osvald the painter in Ghosts, Hjalmar Ekdal the photographer in The Wild Duck, Løvborg the writer in Hedda Gabler, and on the central figures in The Master Builder, John Gabriel Borkman and When We Dead Awaken. Paul Binding argues that Ibsen's understanding of his people and situations is of immeasurable help to us in our search for values on which to build our lives. Paul Binding is author of My Cousin the Writer (2002) and a cultural history of the first atlas, Imagined Corners (2003), as well as two other novels, a prize-winning memoir and two books of poems. he is also the author of The Babel Guide to Scandinavian Fiction in Translation (1999).