Strindberg’s The Father at DreamUp Festival

Strindberg’s play The Father (1887) offers a proto-Freudian explanation of the unreasonable hatred that can exist between husbands and wives. A free-thinking army captain and scientist would have his daughter educated to be a teacher, while his wife would have her become a painter. The wife manipulates the town pastor (who happens to be her […]

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New Swedish Writing Featured

Words Without Borders, the online magazine of international literature, features new writing from Sweden and Finland this month, selected and introduced by guest editor Saskia Vogel. “Dreaming of Us: New Swedish Writing” presents poetry and prose by Johannes Anyuru, Linnea Axelsson, Balsam Karam, Mara Lee, Nick Mick, Adrian Perera, Mathias Rosenlund and Andrej Tichy, translated […]

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Strindberg’s “Creditors” Due at Dream Up Festival in NYC

Creditors (1888) is August Strindberg’s scandalous successor to Miss Julie. It is the author’s boldest statement about sexuality and one of the boldest ever put to paper. We tend to regard open marriage as unthinkable in Strindberg’s time. It was not. Strindberg was a journalist before he became a novelist, and a novelist before he […]

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