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Ibsen's Foreign Contagion: Henrik Ibsen, Arthur Wing Pinero and Modernism on The London Stage by T.Carlo Matos

Ibsen's Foreign Contagion: Henrik Ibsen, Arthur Wing Pinero and Modernism on The London Stage
by T.Carlo Matos

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..Matos's important book provides a well-researched, well-written ,and fascinating discussion of the notion of contagion from Ibsen and into Pineo and Jones. Professor Gregory Tague, St Francis College, editor of Origins of English Literary Modernism,1870-1914 The Independent Theatre's production of Ghosts at the Royalty Theatre, London in 1891 precipitated one of the most famous theatrical quarrels in European theater history. Although many have commented on the extremity of the response from the conservative reviewers, few have remarked on the fact that the majority of these reviews were laden with disease metaphors. Ibsen, in the age of the classic epidemic, comes to be perceived by his English hosts as a contagious entity. The importance of Ghosts, then, lies in its ability, to "introduce into the cultural matrix a germ, a foreign body, that cannot be accounted for by its existing codes and practices" (Derek Attridge, The Singularity of Literature, 55-6). In this scholarly monograph, Dr.Matos treats the theatrical reviews as serious cultural artifacts in order to avoid reducing them to mere entertaining invective in order, ultimately, to trace the transmission of modern dramatic innovation from Ibsen to Arthur Wing Pinero and George Bernard Shaw. Arthur Wing Pinero wrote a series of plays in the 1890s distinctive both for their seriousness and their seeming similarity to Ibsen. The Second Mrs. Tanqueray and The Notorious Mrs. Ebbsmith establish Pinero as both a popular and a serious writer, something Ibsen could never quite accomplish. Although it is unfair to lay the "improvements" in Pinero's method solely at the feet of Ibsen, it is fair the author believes to demonstrate that without Ibsen's boundary-breaking work, Pinero could never have produced these important plays, which helped bring the London stage into the modern period and ushered in a new era of dramatic modernism that included Shaw and Wilde. Table of Contents: 1.THE IBSCENE: DRAMA AND EPIDEMIOLOGICAL DISCOURSE 2.THE IBSEN STRAIN: GHOSTS 3.NO LONGER AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE? 4.A HEALTHY ART: THE CASE OF HENRY ARTHUR JONES 5.THE NATIVE CURE: THE PINEROTIC EPILOGUE: SHAW, IMMUNITY The work discusses Origins of Dramatic Modernism, English Theatre 1880-1914,Ibsen,Pinero,Henry Arthur Jones, Shaw,Wilde,Theatre History,Drama 19th century

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Publisher: Academica Press, LLC

Released: 2011

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