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Title:
Critical essays on Henrik Ibsen
Author:
Lyons, Charles R.
Publication Information:
Boston, Mass. : G.K. Hall, [1987]

©1987
Physical Description:
viii, 247 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780816188352
Format :
Book

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A very uneven set of essays, heavily weighted toward what appears to be the editor's pet subject, Ibsen's paradoxical coupling of realism and symbolism. (Lyons includes one of his own essays on this theme.) The Marxist critic Georg Lukacs worries this subject to the point where he must conclude that in trying to give his characters ``tragic nobility'' through symbolism, Ibsen suited his material more to the novel than to the drama. Inga-Stina Ewbank contributes an illuminating discussion of Ibsen's language as it reflects the interaction of different minds (characters), mostly through metaphor. On another subject, there is a very good essay from Errol Durbach's challenging book, Ibsen the Romantic (CH, Jul '82). After an academic essay on techniques of exposition by P.F.D. Tennant, this book comes to a fitting anticlimax with a deconstructionist piece written especially for this volume by Oliver Gerland. As a cross-section of Ibsen criticism from about the time of Bernard Shaw (whose essay begins the book) to the present, this collection falls short. For balance, it might have included such writers as Herman J. Wiegand and Eric Bentley. A splendid collection in the ``Penguin Critical Anthologies'' series, Henrik Ibsen: A Critical Anthology, ed. by James W. McFarlane (1970), still holds the field.-A.H. Silverman, City Colleges of Chicago, Wilbur Wright College