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Ibsen and Place

Professor Lisbeth Pettersen Wærp explored way that film adaptation of Ibsen’s plays shed light on his treatment of place – including interiority and exteriority – and on what sorts of transformation are involved in adapting theater to film. 

Lisbeth Pettersen Wærp, Professor of Scandinavian Literature

University of Tromsø – Arctic University of Norway

April 2, 2019, 7:00 PM

Xavier Hall, Room 201

Lisbeth Pettersen Wærp has written extensively about Norwegian playwright and poet Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906) , Norway’s most famous author who is often described as “the father of modern drama.”

His famous plays – A Doll’s PlaceHedda GablerGhosts, and others – brought realism, along with controversial subjects questioning the moral code of his times, to the stage.

Although Ibsen’s realist plays are the most popular to perform on stage, filmmaker can struggle to adapt them for the screen because they are often set entirely indoors.

Dr. Lisbeth Pettersen Wærp