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2018-19 Bjug Harstad Memorial Lecture

`` Ibsen and Place``

Professor Wærp will explore ways that film adaptation of Ibsen’s plays sheds light on his treatment of place—including interiority and exteriority—and on what sorts of transformations 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 Petterson Waerp

Bjug Harstad Memorial Fund

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 House,” “Hedda Gabler,” “Ghosts,” 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,
filmmakers can struggle to adapt them for the screen because they are often set entirely indoors.

Professor Wærp will explore ways that film adaptation of Ibsen’s plays sheds light on his treatment of place—including interiority and exteriority—and on what sorts of transformations are involved in adapting theater to film.

Endowed by the generosity of the descendants of Bjug Harstad and others, the Bjug Harstad Endowed Lecture was established to carry out Harstad’s heartfelt plea to maintain ties with Scandinavian culture and traditions.