Woody Allen - Henrik Ibsen. Hedda and her sisters - on women and space

  • Astrid Sæther UiT - HSL-fakultetet.


The purpose of this article is to relate Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler to Woody Allen’s Interiors with respect to their inquiry into women’s relation to power and art. Both artists are close watchers and profound analysts of women’s positions in times of transition, and both relate their themes to class and gender. The subordination of women is apparent in the use of cinematic and theatrical space. In order to compare the screenplay and the drama text I have studied how the artists allow women to use space, building on C. Hermann’s theory (1976) about spatial systematization and hierarchization. 


Astrid Sæther, UiT - HSL-fakultetet.

Astrid Margrethe Sæther. Associate Professor, Centre for Ibsen Studies, University of Oslo. Director of the Ibsen Centre, 1992-2000, lecturer at the University of Copenhagen, and at the University of Odense, 1978-1990. Visiting Professor and Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, 2012-2014. Has edited a number of anthologies, articles, and the biography Suzannah. Fru Ibsen (2008). Co-editor of Ibsen Studies, Editor-in-chief of Ibsen and the Arts (2002), Ibsen, Tragedy, and the Tragic (2003), Den biografiske Ibsen (2010).

Hvordan referere
Sæther, Astrid. 2015. «Woody Allen - Henrik Ibsen. Hedda and Her Sisters - on Women and Space». Nordlit, nr. 34 (februar):379–391. https://doi.org/10.7557/13.3383.