Hedda Gabler

Hedda Gabler


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In 1890, Henrik Ibsen premiered Hedda Gabler, a play questioning the role of women in Victorian society. Some audiences have viewed Gabler as a woman driven to desperation simply because her world has turned out to be less charmed than she hoped. For others, she is a victim of her times, unwilling to devote herself, as was expected of her, to the duties of home.

Jon Robin Baitz has brushed away the cobwebs, and he serves as an ambassador from Ibsen's age to our own, preserving the intensity of the original but translating it into a spare, contemporary idiom. His adaptation provides an opportunity to understand the play through a lens shaped by feminism and a theatrical tradition beginning with Beckett. Trapped by the conventions of her age, Gabler is both a martyr and a female incarnation of Vladimir and Estragon, longing for a salvation that will likely never arrive.

Title: Hedda Gabler

Author: Henrik Ibsen; Jon Robin Baitz [Adapter]; Anne-Charlotte Hanes Harvey [Translator]; Susan Faludi [Foreword];

Categories: Drama,

Publisher: Grove Press: 2001-05-10

ISBN/UPC Number: 0802138063

ISBN/UPC Number 13: 9780802138064

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: new

Type: Paperback

Seller ID: 9780802138064

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