Little Eyolf and dramatic tradition

Authors

  • Roland Lysell Stockholm University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.7557/13.3362

Keywords:

Little Eyolf, dramatic tradition, metakphysical desire, nonaristotelian drama, Verstiegenheit

Abstract

The article criticises an Ibsen tradition who has seen the last scene of Little Eyolf as a reconciliation. Instead, the article discusses the improbability of a happy marriage characterised by social engagement. The play is open but it is hardly probable that Rita, with her erotic desire, and Allmers, whose desire has turned into metaphysics, can be happy together. The arguments refer to inner criteria and the constantly present dramatic tradition. 

Author Biography

Roland Lysell, Stockholm University

Roland Lysell is a theatre critic and Professor of Literature at Stockholm University.

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Published

2015-02-20

How to Cite

Lysell, Roland. 2015. “Little Eyolf and Dramatic Tradition”. Nordlit, no. 34 (February):161–170. https://doi.org/10.7557/13.3362.