Chapter 3. Embodying Writing: Ibsen and Parks

  1. W. B. Worthen

Published Online: 15 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444317374.ch3

Drama: Between Poetry and Performance

Drama: Between Poetry and Performance

How to Cite

Worthen, W. B. (2009) Embodying Writing: Ibsen and Parks, in Drama: Between Poetry and Performance, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444317374.ch3

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JAN 2010
  2. Published Print: 18 DEC 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405153416

Online ISBN: 9781444317374



  • embodying writing - Ibsen and Parks;
  • dramatic writing - cannot determine its performance;
  • Late-nineteenth-century naturalistic drama - often melodramatic in structure;
  • Commentaries, long noticing the vague, aspirational quality of politics in Rosmersholm;
  • Dr. Kroll, startlingly aggressive figure in the play;
  • confession, disclosure, detour;
  • Rosmersholm - foregrounding words as instruments for exposing motive, character, interiority;
  • Ibsen sets Rosmer's first invocation of “innocence” – skyldfrihed, being free from guilt;
  • footnoting performance - The America Play and Venus;
  • concealed power of archive – “Footnotes” spoken onstage in Venus – into repertoire of performance


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Can We Act What We Say?: Rosmersholm

  • Footnoting Performance: The America Play and Venus