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Ibsen's "abnormal" female figures

WOMEN / On the occasion of Women's Day on March 8, MODERN TIMES prints here, in reflection on the changing times, an excerpt from Eivind Tjønneland's new book «Abnormal» women – Henrik Ibsen and the decadence. Ibsen's dramas were described in 1893 as written for hysterical women, male masochists and the mentally retarded.

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The Nordic region's leading literary critic Georg Branded visited Norway in May 1890 and gave a lecture on «Henrik Ibsen and his school in Germany ». Among other things, he went through an Ibsen-inspired drama in which a man appeared after an escape from the "Mental Health Institution, still wearing a T-shirt". On that occasion, the professor of medicine Ferdinand Lochmann moved out against Brandes and Ibsen in Morgenbladet. The drama made Lochmann think of a mental illness. . .

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Eivind Tjønneland
Historian of ideas and author.

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