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A Doll’s House: Performing the Cultural Imaginary

  • Ulla Kallenbach
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Abstract

In this chapter Kallenbach argues for an analysis of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House (1879) as a “disenchantment of the wonderful” and as a confrontation with the Idealist aesthetic regime and its interpretation of imagination. The chapter examines how the play, and in particular its use of costume and scenography, draws on a wide range of cultural references to Idealist aesthetics that were part of the “cultural imaginary” for the contemporary spectators. Analyzing the play from the spectator’s position, from a scenic, rather than verbal, perspective, Kallenbach presents new interpretations of Nora’s tarantella; of Raphael’s Sistine Madonna, a picture which was added to the set in the first Danish and Swedish productions; and of the significance of the Christmas tree in the Idealist context.

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  • Ulla Kallenbach
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  1. 1.University of Southern DenmarkOdenseDenmark

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