Ibsen's Foreign Contagion: Henrik Ibsen, Arthur Wing Pinero and Modernism on The London Stage,1890 - 1900

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The Independent Theatre's production of Ghosts at the Royalty Theatre, London in 1891 precipitated one of the most famous theatrical quarrels in European theater history. Although many have commented on the extremity of the response from the conservative reviewers, few have remarked on the fact that the majority of these reviews were laden with disease metaphors. Ibsen, in the age of the classic epidemic, comes to be perceived by his English hosts as a contagious entity. The importance of Ghosts, then, lies in its ability, to "introduce into the cultural matrix a germ, a foreign body, that cannot be accounted for by its existing codes and practices" (Derek Attridge, The Singularity of Literature, 55-6). In this scholarly monograph, Dr.Matos treats the theatrical reviews as serious cultural artifacts in order to avoid reducing them to mere entertaining invective in order, ultimately, to trace the transmission of modern dramatic innovation from Ibsen to Arthur Wing Pinero and George Bernard Shaw. Arthur Wing Pinero wrote a series of plays in the 1890s distinctive both for their seriousness and their seeming similarity to Ibsen. The Second Mrs. Tanqueray and The Notorious Mrs. Ebbsmith establish Pinero as both a popular and a serious writer, something Ibsen could never quite accomplish. Although it is unfair to lay the "improvements" in Pinero's method solely at the feet of Ibsen, it is fair the author believes to demonstrate that without Ibsen's boundary-breaking work, Pinero could never have produced these important plays, which helped bring the London stage into the modern period and ushered in a new era of dramatic modernism that included Shaw and Wilde. 

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Dr. Matos is the author of four other books: The Secret Correspondence of Loon and Fiasco, Big Bad Astersik*, Counting Sheep Till Doomsday, and A School for Fishermen.  He has published poems, short stories and essays in many online and print journals. He has a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is a professor at the City Colleges of Chicago.

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Since Archer's time, the reception of Ghosts has been amply considered in many biographies and studies of Ibsen, such as those by Michael Egan, Michael Meyer, Toril Moi, and Frederick J. Marker and Lise-Lore Marker. But Matos brings to the reception history of the play a particular and dynamic focus on the discourse of epidemiology.
--Alexis Soloski, Review 19

Matos's close readings of the1890s London press reviews for their jingoistic rhetoric and nationalistic ideology are a welcome and important addition to our knowledge of Ibsen in England: collectively, they provide an important piece to the puzzle of theatrical history and England's love-hate relationship with Ibsen in the 1890s.
--Petra Dierkes-Thrun in UPSTAGE: A journal of turn-of-the-century theatre

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Book Description Academica Press, United States, 2012. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. The Independent Theatre s production of Ghosts at the Royalty Theatre, London in 1891 precipitated one of the most famous theatrical quarrels in European theater history. Although many have commented on the extremity of the response from the conservative reviewers, few have remarked on the fact that the majority of these reviews were laden with disease metaphors. Ibsen, in the age of the classic epidemic, comes to be perceived by his English hosts as a contagious entity. The importance of Ghosts, then, lies in its ability, to introduce into the cultural matrix a germ, a foreign body, that cannot be accounted for by its existing codes and practices (Derek Attridge, The Singularity of Literature, 55-6). In this scholarly monograph, Dr.Matos treats the theatrical reviews as serious cultural artifacts in order to avoid reducing them to mere entertaining invective in order, ultimately, to trace the transmission of modern dramatic innovation from Ibsen to Arthur Wing Pinero and George Bernard Shaw. Arthur Wing Pinero wrote a series of plays in the 1890s distinctive both for their seriousness and their seeming similarity to Ibsen. The Second Mrs. Tanqueray and The Notorious Mrs. Ebbsmith establish Pinero as both a popular and a serious writer, something Ibsen could never quite accomplish. Although it is unfair to lay the improvements in Pinero s method solely at the feet of Ibsen, it is fair the author believes to demonstrate that without Ibsen s boundary-breaking work, Pinero could never have produced these important plays, which helped bring the London stage into the modern period and ushered in a new era of dramatic modernism that included Shaw and Wilde. Table of Contents: 1.THE IBSCENE: DRAMA AND EPIDEMIOLOGICAL DISCOURSE 2.THE IBSEN STRAIN: GHOSTS 3.NO LONGER AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE? 4.A HEALTHY ART: THE CASE OF HENRY ARTHUR JONES 5.THE NATIVE CURE: THE PINEROTIC EPILOGUE: SHAW, IMMUNITY. Bookseller Inventory # AAN9781936320325

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