August Strindberg: Ett drömspel [A Dream Play] (2194 words)

Coming from one of the major innovators in modern drama, August Strindberg’s Ett Drömspel [A Dream Play, 1901] is in more ways than one a revolutionary theatrical piece. During the mid-1890s, Strindberg underwent a profound psychological and religious crisis, which he portrayed in his autobiographical novel, Inferno (1897). Strindberg had been a life-long atheist, but his new interest in theosophy and mysticism caused him to read reality in a symbolic manner. This new perception precipitated a profound shift in his dramatic style. For this reason, his plays are traditionally classified as pre-Inferno or post-Inferno. The highly symbolic nature of A Dream Play did not go over well in …

Brantly, Susan. "Ett drömspel". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 November 2010
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