Palgrave Studies in Performance and Technology

A Global Doll's House

Ibsen and Distant Visions

Authors: Holledge, J., Bollen, J., Helland, F., Tompkins, J.

  • Offers a ground-breaking new approach to Ibsen’s most iconic works
  • Draws on digital humanities to offer a fresh new perspective on Ibsen’s most popular play
  • Includes detailed visualisations of key concepts, using the newest approaches in digital humanities
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About this book

This book addresses a deceptively simple question: what accounts for the global success of A Doll’s House, Henrik Ibsen’s most popular play? Using maps, networks, and images to explore the world history of the play’s production, this question is considered from two angles: cultural transmission and adaptation. Analysing the play’s transmission reveals the social, economic, and political forces that have secured its place in the canon of world drama; a comparative study of the play’s 135-year production history across five continents offers new insights into theatrical adaptation. Key areas of research include the global tours of nineteenth-century actress-managers, Norway’s soft diplomacy in promoting gender equality, representations of the female performing body, and the sexual vectors of social change in theatre.

About the authors

Led by Professor Julie Holledge (Centre for Ibsen Studies, University of Oslo), this collaborative project brings together Ibsen specialists with scholars in digital humanities and theatre studies: Dr Jonathan Bollen (University of New South Wales, Australia), Director of AusStage, the Australian database for researching performance (2006-13); Professor Frode Helland, (Director of the Centre for Ibsen Studies, University of Oslo, Norway), author of Ibsen in Practice (2015); and Professor Joanne Tompkins (University of Queensland, Australia), author of Theatre’s Heterotopias (2014), and co-author with Holledge of Women’s Intercultural Performance (2001), winner of the Rob Jordan Book Prize. 

Reviews

“The book can be considered an invitation to discover new methodological ways to approach Humanities and a complex vision upon Ibsen’s plays. Indeed, the rich distant view proposed by A Global Doll’s House praises the global experience not only as an encounter between local cultures, but also as the full expression of both the controversial and heterogeneous aspects that make them unique.” (Gianina Druță, Metacritic Journal For Comparative Studies And Theory, Vol. 3 (2), December, 2017)

“For the first time, we see deployed here a digital-humanities methodology that can pose and answer global-Ibsen questions at the analytical scale they deserve. With nimble movement between close and distant readings of evidence, the book really does make possible a “new way of looking” at the mass of information generated by Ibsen’s A Doll House and its performance history. …  Anyone engaged in the critical evaluation of individual productions of A Doll House would do well to consult this groundbreaking presentation of an international baseline of performance interpretation, one based in a cumulative historical practice that up to this point has eluded scholarly analysis due to the inherent limitations of existing methods.” (Mark Sandberg, Professor of Film & Media and Scandinavian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, USA)

“Digital humanities meet Ibsen, revealing astonishing patterns and amazing diversity. This first global history of one of the world’s most famous plays is a landmark contribution to Ibsen scholarship, performance history and cultural studies.” (Narve Fulsås, Professor of Modern History, University of Tromsø, Norway)

“A very fine example of the new field of digital humanities, A Global Doll's House is a model exploration of the possibilities which new technologies offer, using them to provide precise and incisive answers to formerly unsolvable questions. It is, in fact, an important contribution to Ibsen Studies.” (Erika Fischer- Lichte, Professor of Theatre Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Holledge, Julie (et al.)

    Pages 1-23

  • Mapping the Early Noras

    Holledge, Julie (et al.)

    Pages 29-70

  • ‘Peddling’ Et dukkehjem: The Role of the State

    Holledge, Julie (et al.)

    Pages 71-110

  • Adaptation at a Distance

    Holledge, Julie (et al.)

    Pages 117-156

  • Ibsen’s Challenge: The Tarantella Rehearsal

    Holledge, Julie (et al.)

    Pages 157-196

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-43899-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-1-137-43898-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Global Doll's House
Book Subtitle
Ibsen and Distant Visions
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Performance and Technology
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-43899-7
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-43899-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-43898-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 233
Number of Illustrations and Tables
30 b/w illustrations
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