Vol 1 (1988) Women in Scandinavian Theatre

Nordic Theatre Studies respond to a long felt need for a common forum for Scandinavian theatre research, and will, it is hoped, encourage a dialogue between researchers within as awll as outside Scandinavia. The yearbook is published in English to ensure this wider communication and to place Scandinavian theatre research in a broader international context.

In addition to the main articles each issue of Nordic Theatre Studies will review books on theatre and provide general information on Scandinavian museums, libraries and collections of theatre history. Alternate issues of the yearbook will be dedicated either to specific themes or articles of a more general nature.

Next world congress of the IFTR/International Federation of Theatre Research will be held in Stockholm in June 1989 under the heading “New Directions in Theatre Research”. Therefore the 1989-yearbook will address this theme and supply comprehensive information on modern Scandinavian theatre research as well as specific articles on this subject.

For Nordic Theatre Studies I the editors have, however, chosen Scandinavian theatre history as the pint of departure. Inspired by a recent seminar on “women and theatre” at the University of Turku (Åbo, Finland) and first issue presents a series of articles on works in progress within this field of research.

The editors do not pretend to give a coherent representation neither of Scandinavian theatre history in its complexity nor of the situation of women in Scandinavian theatre in general. The contents represent punctial analyses, but contribute nevertheless to the development of women’s studies in theatre research and throw some light on the history of theatre in the various Scandinavian countries.

The articles are mainly historical, and do not take the development of the latest decenniums into account. The brad spectrum of women’s movements, often using theatre as a medium in the struggle for emancipation, has brought an explosive growth – which hardly any of the pioneer women being portrayed in this issue would have dreamt of – in the number of women in all fields of theatre work: playwrights, directors, scenographers, choreographers, managers, administrators etc.

The editors want to thank Annette Mester, who has translated many of the articles and revised others.

Kela Kvam

CONTENTS

Kela Kvam
Introduction
Elin Rask

The Theatre – A Window on the World. Women locked into the spectator’s role, inside and outside the theatre of the last century
Janne Risum
Towards Transparency. Søren Kierkegaard on Danish Actresses
Inga Lewenhaupt
What shall I wear? A great problem facing Swedish opera singer Signe Hebbe in the 1860s and 70s
Sveinn Einarsson
Frú Stefanía. The first Icelandic Actresses
Kari Gaarder Losnedahl
Norwegian Women Playwrights of the 19th Century, with special reference to Magdalene Thoresen and the play Inden Døre (Indoors)
Berit Erbe
Speculations on the Ellida-figure
Kela Kvam
Betty Nansen. A Unique Figure in Danish Theatre
Anita Lindvåg
Elsa Olenius and Our Theatre (the Stockholm City Theatre for Children and Young People)
Viveka Hagnell
Three Theatre Professors in Scandinavia
Irmeli Niemi
Fire and Ice in the Heart. Maria Jotuni’s A Tottering House as a Play and Performance
Facts About the Authors

INFORMATION ON SCANDINAVIAN MUSEUMS, LIBRARIES AND COLLECTIONS OF THEATRE HISTORY, I:
Barbro Stribolt
The Drottningholm Theatre Museum
Book Reviews