ISBN : 9780190467883
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