The Ibsen Phenomenon
The Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen is acclaimed, performed, read, and studied the world over as “the father of modern drama”. His impact on literature and theatre from the 1890s onwards has been profound and unquestioned. Plays such as A Doll’s House and Ghosts form part of university modern drama courses everywhere, and new productions of his plays appear regularly all over the world.
The establishment of the Ibsen Network in 2013 gave Ibsen a home at Oxford, providing a base for scholars and students in several faculties within the Humanities Division interested in Ibsen and/or Scandinavian literature and the arts, and forging links with our Norwegian network partners at the Centre for Ibsen Studies in Oslo and at the University of the Arctic in Tromsø.