August Strindberg: Fadren [The Father]

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  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume 1.3.6: Swedish Writing and Culture.

The Father (1887) is one of August Strindberg’s most performed plays, perhaps only taking second place to Miss Julie (1888). It is a response to many strains in the air of the Nordic 1880s, not the least of which were the feminist debates sparked by Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll House (1879). Ibsen’s play inspired many imitators who wrote plays and novels demonstrating the victimization of women by domineering and badly behaving men, thus creating what has been called a literature of indignation. August Strindberg felt that both sides of the story were not being told and The Father is Strindberg’s attempt to show that the role of the father and breadwinner is not without its drawbacks. Strindberg tips his hat …

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Brantly, Susan. "Fadren". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 November 2010
[, accessed 26 September 2016.]