A Global Doll’s House: Ibsen and Distant Visions

Julie Holledge, Jonathan Bollen, Frode Helland, Joanne Elizabeth Tompkins

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This book addresses a deceptively simple question: what accounts for the global success of A Doll’s House, Henrik Ibsen’s most popular play? Using maps, networks, and images to explore the world history of the play’s production, this question is considered from two angles: cultural transmission and adaptation. Analysing the play’s transmission reveals the social, economic, and political forces that have secured its place in the canon of world drama; a comparative study of the play’s 135-year production history across five continents offers new insights into theatrical adaptation. Key areas of research include the global tours of nineteenth-century actress-managers, Norway’s soft diplomacy in promoting gender equality, representations of the female performing body, and the sexual vectors of social change in theatre.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages233
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-137-43899-7
ISBN (Print)978-1-137-43898-0 , 978-1-349-68378-9
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Performance and Technology


  • Henrik Ibsen
  • nineteenth century theatre
  • Norwegian theatre
  • A Doll’s House
  • Et dukkehjem
  • IbsenStage
  • digital humanities
  • international performances
  • intercultural adaptation
  • cultural transmission
  • world drama
  • production history
  • Nora Helmer
  • female performing body
  • gender equality


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