Cloth $52.25 ISBN: 9789053563717 Published June 1999 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Paper $31.00 ISBN: 9789053563502 Published June 1999 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

Ibsen, Strindberg and the Intimate Theater

Studies in TV Presentation

Egil Tornqvist

Ibsen, Strindberg and the Intimate Theater
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Egil Tornqvist

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240 pages | illustrated | 6 x 9 | © 1999
Cloth $52.25 ISBN: 9789053563717 Published June 1999 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Paper $31.00 ISBN: 9789053563502 Published June 1999 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Although television drama has existed for more than half a century and is now, in terms of audience participation, the dominant form of theatre, "there is as yet hardly any serious criticism of drama on television." Martin Esslin's statement ten years ago still holds true. Seeing it as a challenge, Egil Törnqvist compares various Scandinavian and British TV versions of some of Ibsen's and Strindberg's best known plays.

By means of close readings of textual passages, followed by transcriptions and analyses of the corresponding passages in the productions, Törnqvist throws a revealing light on the difference between the textual and the audiovisual medium as well as between various directorial approaches. The first book to deal with the adaptation of stage drama to the small screen, it fills a gap both for students of drama and theatre and for those generally interested in television drama as an art form.
Contents
1.  Preface
 
Prologue
 
2.  Page, Stage, and Screen
 
Part One - Ibsen
 
3.  A Doll's House  (1879)
4.  Ghosts (1881)
5.  The Wild Duck (1884)
6.  Hedda Gabler (1890)
7.  The Master Builder (1892)
8.  Little Eyolf (1894)
 
Part Two - Strindberg
 
9.  The Father (1887)
10.  Miss Julie (1888)
11.  The Stronger (1890)
12.  A Dream Play (1902)
13.  Thunder in the Air (1907)
14.  The Ghost Sonata (1907)
15.  The Pelican (1907)
 
Epilogue
16.  Ibsen, Strindberg, and the Small Screen
 
Notes
Productions
Selected Bibliography
List of Illustrations
Index
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