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Ibsen's Hedda Gabler: Philosophical Perspectives

Kristin Gjesdal


Since its publication in 1890, Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler has been a recurring point of fascination for readers, theater audiences, and artists alike. Newly married, yet utterly bored, the character of Hedda Gabler evokes reflection on beauty, love, passion, death, nihilism, identity, and a host of other topics of an existential and philosophical kind. It is no surprise that Ibsen’s work has gained the attention of philosophically minded readers from Nietzsche, Lou Andreas-Salomé, and Freud, to Adorno, Cavell, and beyond. Once staged at avant-garde theaters in Paris, London, and Berlin, Ibsen is now ... More

Keywords: Ibsen, European philosophy, theatre, modernity, Hedda Gabler, Scandinavian studies, comparative literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190467876
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190467876.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kristin Gjesdal, editor
Associate Professor, Temple University

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