Gerland, Oliver

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.

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.

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