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Henrik Ibsen, plays, theater, feminism, identity, Norway, Peer Gynt


Gender and Sexuality | Playwriting | Theatre and Performance Studies


The "father of modern drama," Norwegian playwright, Henrik Ibsen, made a significant impact not only on theater, but also on society as a whole. While his career peaked in the late nineteenth century, his plays continue to be heavily performed and discussed around the globe. In particular, Ibsen has been very influential on women's movements since the late 1800s. Throughout his work, feminist thought became more apparent in Ibsen's plays. In giving his female characters (1) more psychological complexity, and (2) the desire to be independent (economically, politically, morally, etc.), he broke away from popular female character types of his time, shocking audiences and eventually changing the shape of theater and the world.

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Theatre Arts

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