Henrik Ibsen, a 19th century Norwegian playwright, was a man ahead of his time. His insightful dramatic offerings earned him the title of father of Modern Theatre and, after Shakespeare, the second most insightful dramatist of his century.
One of his most famous dramas is “A Doll’s House”, published in 1879. So controversial was this work that men in the audience angrily ushered their women from the theatre rather than have them exposed to such radical ideas. And what were these unacceptable ideas? That women were capable of making decisions for themselves; that people could learn from their mistakes and emerge better people; that men could be victims of society’s constraints on social behavior.
In our 4 week session we will examine the social conventions of the late 1800’s, then look at the action of the play from both the female and male perspectives. While reading the play will prove valuable insight, the 1973 movie version starring Anthony Hopkins and Claire Bloom will be the main focus.
Carnegie favorite Glenda Davis is a retired AP British Literature teacher from The Heritage School who has led discussion groups on great works of literature since 2016.
Sundays at 2pm, Jan. 21st & 28th, Feb. 4th & 18th.
Online film version of “A Doll’s House” below: