Gerland, Oliver Books

About the author: Oliver Gerland is Director of Graduate Studies in the Theatre and Dance Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He holds a BA from Swarthmore College and a PhD from Stanford University.

A Freudian Poetics For Ibsen’s Theatre Repetition, Recollection And Paradox
1998 0-7734-8252-0
This study offers a new, historically-based psychoanalytic approach to Ibsen’s plays, fashioning a Freudian poetics that stresses the dramatist’s formal technique rather than his unconscious fixations, the textual surface rather than the subtextual depths. Not only does this approach avoid the methodological briar-patch of the unconscious, it also offers insight into the paradoxical openness of Ibsen’s endings.