This fine collection of essays offers a wide range of new and original perspectives on Strindberg and his relation to modern and contemporary literature. By using Strindberg as a fulcrum or spring board, the volume opens a unique and unusual historical perspective on Europe and European literature. One of the important values of The International Strindberg is that it will appeal to a variety of readers, since the essays cover such a diverse range of approaches. The introduction is particularly impressive because it both sets up the value of looking at Strindberg from a twenty-first century perspective and suggests how that can and should be done. The volume demonstrates the variety of ways in which Strindberg's work can be seen and discussed in light of twentieth and even twenty-first century literature.
Anna Westerstahl Stenport is an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she teaches literature, film, drama, and gender and women's studies. She directs the University's undergraduate Scandinavian Program and holds appointments in the European Union Centre and as a faculty liaison for INSPIRE: Illinois-Sweden Program in Educational and Research Exchange. She has held academic appointments at the University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University, and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden and is an American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellow and a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar.
Table of Contents Acknowledgements p. 4 1. Introduction: The International Strindberg p. 6 Anna Westerstahl Stenport 2. Stockholm - Berlin - Moscow: Strindberg and Avant-Garde Performance in the 1920s Eszter Szalczer p. 37 3. Castration Anxiety and Traumatic Encounters with the Real in the Works of August Strindberg and Lars von Trier p. 70 Mads Bunch 4. Reconsidering the Place of Strindberg in Surrealism: Andre Breton and the Light of the Objective Chance Encounter p. 103. Maxime Abolgassemi 5. Standing at the Bourne of the Modern: Strindberg's Ecological Subject in By the Open Sea and his Archipelago Paintings p. 127 Linda Haverty Rugg 6. Paris, Laboratory of Modernity: Modernist Experimentation and August Strindberg's Search for ""the Equation"" in Paris p. 151 Sylvain Briens 7. Voices and Visions in Fingal's Cave: Plato and Strindberg p. 181 Freddie Rokem 8. Money Metaphors and Rhetoric of Resource Depletion: Creditors and Late Nineteenth-Century European Economics. p. 207 Anna Westerstahl Stenport 9. A Nineteenth-Century Long Poem Meets Modernity: Sleepwalking Nights p. 239 Massimo Ciaravolo 10. By the Open Sea-A Decadent Novel? Reconsidering Relationships between Nietzsche, Strindberg, and Fin-de-siecle Culture. p. 279. Tobias Dahlkvist 11. `The Spoken Word is All'-`Ordet det talade ar allt': Translating Strindberg for the International Stage p. 308. Anne-Charlotte Hanes Harvey 12. The Art of Doubt: Form, Genre, History in Miss Julie p. 359 Leonardo F. Lisi 13. Notes on Contributors p. 401