Biting the sour apple: The Nietzschean undertow in Little Eyolf

Reid, J. (2009) Biting the sour apple: The Nietzschean undertow in Little Eyolf. Modern Drama, 52 (1). pp. 1-18. ISSN 0026-7694 Available from:

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Against the grain of traditional Ibsen criticism, this essay argues that the poetics of Little Eyolf is grounded in Ibsen’s keen understanding of Nietzsche’s writings – particularly The Birth of Tragedy and Beyond Good and Evil. While resisting the temptation to treat the play as ‘dramatised Nietzsche’, the author treats the play as a profound theatrical exploration of the challenge of Nietzsche’s thought. The article also looks at Hedda Gabler within this Nietzschean perspective, pointing up some of the implications for modern productions of these plays.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Ibsen, Little Eyolf, Nietzschean, European drama
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education > Department of Arts and Cultural Industries
ID Code:10656
Deposited By: G. Brown
Deposited On:30 Jul 2010 14:05
Last Modified:02 Dec 2016 13:16

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