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Reconsidering National Plays in Europe

  • Suze van der Poll
  • Rob van der Zalm

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Suze van der Poll, Rob van der Zalm
    Pages 1-20
  3. Krisztina Lajosi
    Pages 85-118
  4. Suze van der Poll
    Pages 155-184
  5. Suze van der Poll, Rob van der Zalm
    Pages 267-271
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 273-283

About this book


This volume frames the concept of a national play. By analysing a number of European case studies, it addresses the following question: Which play could be regarded as a country's national play, and how does it represent its national identity? The chapters provide an in-depth look at plays in eight different countries: Germany (Die Räuber, Friedrich Schiller), Switzerland (Wilhelm Tell, Friedrich Schiller), Hungary (Bánk Bán, József Katona), Sweden (Gustav Vasa, August Strindberg), Norway (Peer Gynt, Henrik Ibsen), the Netherlands (The Good Hope, Herman Heijermans), France (Tartuffe, Molière), and Ireland. This collection is especially relevant at a time of socio-political flux, when national identity and the future of the nation state is being reconsidered.


Wilhelm Tell Europe European theatre Molière Tartuffe Peer Gynt European Union Neoliberalism National play European identity State-of-the-nation play National identity Cold War Schiller

Editors and affiliations

  • Suze van der Poll
    • 1
  • Rob van der Zalm
    • 2
  1. 1.University of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.University of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

About the editors

Suze van der Poll is Assistant Professor in the Department of Scandinavian Studies and the Department of Modern European Literature at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She has published on Henrik Ibsen and on contemporary Norwegian literature. She has recently published The Return of the Narrative: the Call for the Novel (co-edited with Sabine van Wesemael, 2015).

Rob van der Zalm is Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre Studies at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He has published extensively on Dutch theatre history, and written several biographies of Dutch directors and actors. He was affiliated with the Dutch Theatre Museum from 1994 until 2013, where he curated several exhibitions.

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