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GERMANIC LANGUAGES & LITERATURES -- Eszter Szalczer, Department of Theatre and English,University at Albany: "Dream Matters: August Strindberg's Dream Play and Constructions of Subjective Space on the Stage"
Abstract - The lecture will address the experimental dramaturgy of Swedish playwright August Strindberg (1849-1912), focusing on how this dramaturgy reflects the experience of modernity and the exploration of modern subjectivity. Strindberg's "A Dream Play" (1901) will serve as the central text to demonstrate how Strindberg broke away from representing objective material milieus in an effort to dramatize subjective, internal space, which paved the way for later twentieth-century developments in the history of modern drama. Eszter Szalczer holds a Ph.D. in Theatre from the City University of New York and a Doctorate in Comparative Literature from the Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary. Professor Szalczer teaches courses in dramatic literature, theatre history, criticism, dramaturgy and research. She is an internationally published theatre scholar, specializing in modern drama and performance in general and in the work of Swedish playwright August Strindberg in particular. Her piece "Nature's Dream Play: Modes of Vision and Strindberg's Re-definition of the Theatre" (Theatre Journal 2001) was awarded the Gerald Kahan Scholar's Prize by The American Society for Theatre Research. She is recipient of many other prestigious research awards, including fellowships from the American-Scandinavian Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.