Freudian Poetics for Ibsen’s Theatre Repetition, Recollection and Paradox

Author: Gerland, Oliver
Year:1998
Pages:236
ISBN:0-7734-8252-0
978-0-7734-8252-4
Price:179.95
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.

Table of Contents

Table of contents:
Acknowledgments, Note on Translations
Introduction (Toward a Conjunctive Psychoanalytic Criticism)
1. The 19th-Century Memory Crisis: Psychoanalysis and The Lady from the Sea
2. Between Repetition and Redemption: Catiline and Brand
3. Analysis Terminable and Interminable: A Doll House and Ghosts
4. Constructing the Primal Scene: The Wild Duck and Rosmersholm
5. The Politics of Confession: Hedda Gabler and The Master Builder
Conclusion: The Paradox of When We Dead Awaken
Endnotes, Bibliography, Index