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Ibsen's Hedda GablerPhilosophical Perspectives$
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Kristin Gjesdal

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190467876

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190467876.001.0001

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Editor’s Introduction

Editor’s Introduction

Philosophizing with Ibsen

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Ibsen's Hedda Gabler

Kristin Gjesdal

Oxford University Press

The introduction to this volume offers an overview of Ibsen’s work and its philosophical significance. It traces the influence of nineteenth-century philosophers (Hegel, Kierekegaard, Nietzsche) on Ibsen’s work, but also brings to light how Ibsen’s work has provided material for philosophers from Dilthey, via Adorno, to Cavell. Furthermore, the introduction situates Ibsen’s work within the context of Scandinavian nineteenth-century art and intellectual life and a long-standing European discussion of theater and its philosophical and political relevance. Hedda Gabler remains among Ibsen’s most appreciated—and most thought-provoking—plays, capturing the Weltschmerz of the late Nineteenth Century and the protest against petit bourgeois lifestyles that Hedda Gabler, however flawed and cruel, represents.

Keywords:   Ibsen, Hedda Gabler, aesthetics, nineteenth-century philosophy, theater, Kierkegaard

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