Ibsen's Hedda Gabler: Philosophical Perspectives

ISBN : 9780190467883

Kristin Gjesdal
272 ページ
140 x 210 mm

Since its publication in 1890, Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, with its exploration of topics such as love, beauty, nihilism, modernity, has been a recurring point of fascination for readers, theater audiences, and artists alike. Through ten newly commissioned chapters, written by leading voices in the fields of drama studies, European philosophy, Scandinavian studies, and comparative literature, this volume brings out the philosophical resonances of Hedda Gabler in particular and Ibsen's drama more broadly.


Series Editor Foreword; Contributors; Abbreviations; Editor's Introduction; 1. Nihilism and Boredom in Hedda Gabler, Leonardo F. Lisi; 2. Where Hedda Dies: The Significance of Place Susan L. Feagin; 3. Hedda Gabler and the Uses of Beauty Thomas Stern; 4. The Scars of Modern Life: Hedda Gabler in Adorno's Prism Frode Helland; 5. My Life had stood, a Loaded Gun: Agency and Writing in Hedda Gabler, Arnold Weinstein; 6. Philosophy, Theater and Love: Ibsen's Hedda Gabler and Plato's Symposium, Kristin Boyce; 7. Hedda's Words: The Work of Language in Hedda Gabler, Toril Moi ; 8. Against Interpretation? Hedda and the Performing Self Kirsten E. Shepherd-Barr; 9. Two Pistols and Some Papers: Kierkegaard's Seducer and Hedda's Gambit Fred Rush; 10. Ibsen on History and Historians: Hedda Gabler in a Nietzschean Light Kristin Gjesdal; Bibliography; Index


Kristin Gjesdal is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Temple University and Professor II of Philosophy at the University of Oslo. She is the author of Gadamer and The Legacy of German Idealism (CUP, 2009), Herder's Hermeneutics: History, Poetry, Enlightenment (CUP, 2017), and a number of articles in the areas of aesthetics, hermeneutics, and nineteenth-century philosophy. Kristin Gjesdal also works in philosophy of literature, with a special emphasis on Shakespeare and Ibsen. She is the editor of Key Debates in Nineteenth Century European Philosophy (Routledge, 2016), the coeditor of The Oxford Handbook of German Philosophy in the Nineteenth Century (OUP, 2015) and the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to Hermeneutics, and an area editor of nineteenth-century philosophy for The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.