IBS2101 – Ibsen's works: History, Text, Performance

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Course content

This course is designed to provide an introduction to Ibsen’s dramatic production, emphasizing its historical context. The plays will be analysed as part of and influenced by social, political and cultural forces, and as part of changing aesthetic and artistic norms.

Selected works will be examined against the background of changing literary paradigms in Ibsen’s own time. Special attention will be paid to Ibsen’s renewal of the dramatic tradition. The plays investigated will be seen both as texts and as performed in theatres, then and now.

Learning outcome

Upon completing the course the students should be able to

  • Discuss the developments within Ibsen’s dramatic production
  • Analyse Ibsen’s dramatic production in relation to its historical context
  • Analyse Ibsen’s plays as both text and performance, in keeping with the interdisciplinary nature of Ibsen Studies


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Classes are given throughout the semester and consist of a combined one-hour lecture and one-hour seminar each week, 28 hours in total.

Each student must submit a 5-page (approximately 2300 characters without spaces) qualifying paper assigned by the teacher during the course of the seminar. The qualifying assignment must be approved by the instructor before the student can take the final exam.

Approved obligatory assignments are valid the next two times the course is given.


Three-day written home examination on an assigned topic of maximum10 pages (2300 characters without spaces per page)

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