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A Doll’s House (Et Dukkehjem)


The play A Doll’s House (Et Dukkehjem) by Henrik Ibsen was published in 1879.  A woman discovers that she has given the best years of her life to a man who has treated her with indulgence and apparent love, but who nevertheless has prevented her from developing her own individuality.

LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms

  • Henrik Ibsen
  • Henrik Ibsen Criticism and Interpretation
  • Doll’s House


Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves

  • PT8854 – PT8895


Circulating Books – A Selected List

  • Bloom, Harold (ed.). Henrik Ibsen. 1999.

                        Call Number:  PT8895 .H43 1999

  • Goldman, Michael. Ibsen: The Dramaturgy of Fear. 1999.

                        Call Number:  PT8895 .G58 1999

  • Ibsen, Henrik. Four Major Plays. 1981.

                       Call Number:  PT8854 .F5 1981


Reference Materials

  • Bryan, George B. An Ibsen Companion. 1984.

                           Call Number:  REF PT8887 .B79 1984

  • Critical Survey of Drama:  Second Revised EditionCall Number:  PN1625 .C68 2003

o   Vol. 4, pg. 1714-15

  • Drama CriticismCall Number:  REF PN1625 .D72

o   Vol. 2, pg. 283, 290, 292-309, 312-16, 329, 331, 337

  • Drama for StudentsCall Number:  REF PN1601 .D595 1998

o   Vol. 1, pg. 106-22

  • Literature and Its TimesCall Number:  REF PN50 .L574

o   Vol. 2, Pg. 111-17

  • Masterplots, 2nd Revised Ed. – Call Number:  REF PN44 .M33 1996

o   Vol. 3, pg. 1768-71

  • Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism Call Number:  REF PN771 .G27

o   Vol. 2, pg. 223-26, 228-30, 233, 235, 237, 240-41

o   Vol. 8, pg. 143, 146-148, 150-53

o   Vol. 16, pg. 154, 156, 169, 175, 187, 189

o   Vol. 37, pg. 219-64

o   Vol. 52, pg. 143, 155, 158, 162, 184, 191


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Films on Demand- Database 

  • A Doll's House (FULL VIDEO)
    • DESCRIPTION: David Thacker directs this film adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's 1879 play that struck an early blow for feminism. Nora Helmer (Juliet Stevenson) secretly borrowed money from Nils Krogstad (David Calder) so that her husband Torvald (Trevor Eve) could recover from a serious illness without financial worry; she has been repaying the loan with money from her household allowance. Torvald becomes bank director and wants to fire Krogstad. Krogstad discovers that Nora forged a signature and threatens to reveal the truth unless she convinces Torvald not to fire him. (A BBC Production.)
  • Henrik Isben: A Concise Biography (FULL VIDEO)
    • DESCRIPTION: This overview of Henrik Ibsen's life and writing from the Famous Authors series contextualizes Ibsen's upbringing in tight-knit, strictly religious communities in isolated Norway. As a young man, he left his family home in a desire to break away from the staid and religious environment, and worked toward university and made friends that supported his talents. While he failed to pass matriculation exams in Oslo, he began to publish plays and continued to meet intellectual friends who supported his work, which led to a job as a theater director in Bergen. Ibsen eventually moved to Rome—where he met his publisher, Frederick Hegel, and began to gain some success—then later moved to Germany. The video discusses the way Ibsen's plays about small communities and everyday human drama, like A Doll's House and Hedda Gabler, changed the theater for years to come. (38 minutes)
  • Henrik Ibsen: The Master Playwright (FULL VIDEO)
    • DESCRIPTION: This program, narrated by Ibsen biographer Michael Meyer, charts the development of Henrik Ibsen’s style over four periods: his early years of failure; his epic dramas; his sociological plays, such as A Doll’s House, Ghosts, and Rosmersholm; and his final plays, including Hedda Gabler, The Master Builder, and Little Eyolf, in which he dealt with the dark interior of the human soul. Televised productions and theater excerpts showcase Ibsen’s works, while writers John Mortimer and D. M. Thomas and psychologist Anthony Storr consider their complexity and treatment of daring themes such as women’s rights, venereal disease, and parental responsibility. (58 minutes)


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