WEBINAR: The Racialization of Gerd in Ibsen’s "Brand"

In-house Webinar: Professor Ellen Rees about the significance of the racialized status of the character Gerd in Ibsen’s Brand, the dramatic poem that launched his literary career in 1866. This lecture will be held as a webinar because of the coronavirus.

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The Racialization of Gerd in Ibsen’s "Brand"

Professor Ellen Rees explores the significance of the racialized status of the character Gerd in Ibsen’s Brand, the dramatic poem that launched his literary career in 1866.

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Professor Ellen Rees

Gerd and the play’s protagonist are widely recognized as having a “mysterious sibling relationship,” but why does Ibsen complicate this family relationship by revealing her status as half Roma (or “Tater”) in the fourth act? Why have nearly all scholars ignored Gerd’s racialized status? Why is Gerd’s ethnicity so often erased in the casting of stage productions? Ibsen wrote Brand at a time when official policies concerning minoritized groups were becoming increasingly oppressive in Norway. The webinar will explore how Ibsen engaged with, perpetuated, and undermined stereotypes regarding one of Europe’s oldest and most unfairly vilified ethnic groups.

Welcome to the webinar!

Tags: Ibsen, Brand, Ethnic minorities, Ibsen studies
Published May 6, 2020 8:13 PM - Last modified May 15, 2020 12:52 PM