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Migration and Henrik Ibsen's Fruen fra havet

Migration and Henrik Ibsen's Fruen fra havet Migration and Henrik Ibsen’s Fruen fra havet Magdalen Ki Hong Kong Baptist University ruen fra Havet (1888; The Lady from the Sea [1890]) has been read in many ways My aim . is to analyze Henrik Ibsen’s 1888 F play through the lens of migration studies, arguing that the text can be read as a sociopolitical allegory that foregrounds Ibsen’s concern with internal, international, and return migration in the late nineteenth centur - y context of Norwegianization. 1. For example, Errol Durbach pinpoints Ellida’s amphibian existence and her double commitment to land and sea marriage (1982, 152–97). Brian Johnston argues The that Lady from the Sea features “a contrast between consciousness of the limitless and of the humanly limited, . . . of the lure of an absolute freedom, which at once terrifies and attracts and which will be relinquished for a freedom with responsibility” (Johnston 1989, 197). Arne Christensen focuses on the play’s symbolism (the mermaid) and spatial composition (Christensen 1992, 48). Both Joan Templeton and James Leigh foreground Ibsen’s ambivalent attitude to marriage and freedom; while Ellida’s acclimatization marks her choice of family and security, the cost is isolation and provincialism (Templeton 1997, 194; Leigh 1998, 132). Susan Sontag argues http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Scandinavian Studies Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study

Migration and Henrik Ibsen's Fruen fra havet

Scandinavian Studies , Volume 92 (4) – Oct 22, 2020

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Migration and Henrik Ibsen’s Fruen fra havet Magdalen Ki Hong Kong Baptist University ruen fra Havet (1888; The Lady from the Sea [1890]) has been read in many ways My aim . is to analyze Henrik Ibsen’s 1888 F play through the lens of migration studies, arguing that the text can be read as a sociopolitical allegory that foregrounds Ibsen’s concern with internal, international, and return migration in the late nineteenth centur - y context of Norwegianization. 1. For example, Errol Durbach pinpoints Ellida’s amphibian existence and her double commitment to land and sea marriage (1982, 152–97). Brian Johnston argues The that Lady from the Sea features “a contrast between consciousness of the limitless and of the humanly limited, . . . of the lure of an absolute freedom, which at once terrifies and attracts and which will be relinquished for a freedom with responsibility” (Johnston 1989, 197). Arne Christensen focuses on the play’s symbolism (the mermaid) and spatial composition (Christensen 1992, 48). Both Joan Templeton and James Leigh foreground Ibsen’s ambivalent attitude to marriage and freedom; while Ellida’s acclimatization marks her choice of family and security, the cost is isolation and provincialism (Templeton 1997, 194; Leigh 1998, 132). Susan Sontag argues

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Published: Oct 22, 2020

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