Sunday, February 27, 2011

CALL: Strindberg’s Legacy (Sweden)

From DAVID GEDIN of the Strindberg Society

August Strindberg
(ca. 1900)
August Strindberg died in 1912 at the age of 63. Since his death Swedish and international scholarship have made the perspectives on his time and his work considerably broader and deeper.

How do we look upon his works today: his plays, his poetry, his prose, his aesthetical essays on theatre, his social and political criticism, his texts on science and his own paintings? How do we understand the society in which he lived? Strindberg’s Sweden was a country characterized by rapid industrial development and thorough cultural changes. How do we understand Strindberg’s relationship to this new society?

Every literary current has had its own interests and its own view of Strindberg both as a private person and as a writer. In what way has the conception of Strindberg and the use of his ideas changed through the years? From a working class hero to an avantgarde icon, from a psychological enigma to a corpus of texts?

In cooperation with the Strindberg Society, Stockholm University invites all interested scholars, critics and theatre workers to the XVIIIth International Strindberg Conference between May 31 and June 3, 2012 on the theme of “The Strindberg Legacy.” Submission of abstracts to before October 1, 2011.

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