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SCAND 280 A: Ibsen and His Major Plays in English

Meeting Time: 
MW 3:30pm - 5:20pm
THO 217
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Olivia Noble Gunn

Syllabus Description:

SCAND 280: Ibsen and his major plays in English

Professor: Olivia Noble Gunn,

Time and place: Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30 to 5:20, THO 217

Office hours: Thursdays from 1:00 to 2:15

Students who complete this course will receive VLPA and W credit!

Download the complete syllabus here: SCAND280_IbsenWinter20-1.pdf

Course description

Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906), the "father of modern drama," is the second most performed playwright in the world, after Shakespeare. Who was Ibsen? How did he innovate and change our world? And how is he performed on the global stage today? In SCAND 280, we will read four of Ibsen’s major dramas, paired with contemporary adaptations in film, graphic novel, and dramatic genres. We will also practice critical reading, writing, revision, and peer review skills.

Learning Objectives

  • become familiar with some major works by Henrik Ibsen
  • further develop skills to analyze texts orally and in writing                                                    
  • learn about Ibsen’s life, authorship, and place on the world stage
  • think about adaptation and creative re-engagement with artworks from the past


The texts listed below are available at the University Bookstore or online. Please be sure to purchase the correct edition/translation.

  • Peer Gynt: A Dramtic Poem by Henrik Ibsen, 0199555532
  • Ibsen: Four Major Plays, Volume I, 0451530225
  • Indian Arm by Hiro Kanagawa, 1770915729
  • Other readings and viewings will be made available on Canvas
Catalog Description: 
Reading and discussion of Ibsen's major plays.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
December 9, 2019 - 9:22pm