Studies in Strindberg

Editor: Michael Robinson
ISBN-13: 9781870041379
Pages: 244
Published: 1998
Series: A No. 14

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In this volume, Strindberg’s accomplishments as a dramatist are set against his achievements in other fields, as an autobiographer, painter, letter writer and theatre director. There are studies of individual plays, in which Strindberg’s theatre is related both to naturalism and the theatre of the absurd, and of the role played by his life-long interest in historical drama. Other essays range from studies of the problems posed by Strindberg’s preoccupation with converting his own life into literature to a consideration of the importance he placed on letter writing as a model for writing of all kinds. His letters are also used to explore his ideas about the theatre. A recurring concern is with the period of turmoil known as the Inferno Crisis, in which Strindberg refashioned himself as a writer. Robinson examines the importance of Strindberg’s painting for his renewal as a writer and situates the achievement of his later works in relation to Symbolism and to Musical Expressionism.