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Strindberg & The Visual Arts

Strindberg & The Visual Arts STRINDBERG & THE VISUAL ARTS Eszter Szalczer DAUGHTER: Do you know what I see in this mirror? . . . The world as it really is! . . . Before it got turned around. LAWYER: How did it get turned around? DAUGHTER: When the copy was made. LAWYER: Of course, that’s it! The copy . . . I’ve always felt that this was a false copy. —August Strindberg, A Dream Play 1 A ugust Strindberg (1849–1912) is one of those artists whose image persistently overshadows our perception of his work. The Strindberg as he “really is” keeps eluding us behind the personae assumed by or projected on this ever-antagonizing figure. Paradoxically, all his life, the writer, dramatist, visual artist Strindberg sought for nothing but the true image amidst the multitude of false copies and elusive doubles. Strindberg is known primarily as a dramatist, even though throughout his carrier he was preoccupied with the exploration of every imaginable media and discipline. We are just beginning to discover that his contributions to how we understand ourselves and how we conceive of the theatre today are far more complex and significant than it has been suspected. He was not only a http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art MIT Press

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Publisher
MIT Press
Copyright
© 2003 Performing Arts Journal, Inc.
Subject
Features
ISSN
1520-281X
eISSN
1537-9477
DOI
10.1162/152028103322491674
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STRINDBERG & THE VISUAL ARTS Eszter Szalczer DAUGHTER: Do you know what I see in this mirror? . . . The world as it really is! . . . Before it got turned around. LAWYER: How did it get turned around? DAUGHTER: When the copy was made. LAWYER: Of course, that’s it! The copy . . . I’ve always felt that this was a false copy. —August Strindberg, A Dream Play 1 A ugust Strindberg (1849–1912) is one of those artists whose image persistently overshadows our perception of his work. The Strindberg as he “really is” keeps eluding us behind the personae assumed by or projected on this ever-antagonizing figure. Paradoxically, all his life, the writer, dramatist, visual artist Strindberg sought for nothing but the true image amidst the multitude of false copies and elusive doubles. Strindberg is known primarily as a dramatist, even though throughout his carrier he was preoccupied with the exploration of every imaginable media and discipline. We are just beginning to discover that his contributions to how we understand ourselves and how we conceive of the theatre today are far more complex and significant than it has been suspected. He was not only a

Journal

PAJ: A Journal of Performance and ArtMIT Press

Published: Sep 1, 2003

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