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Miss Julie

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As all the great dramatists since the Greek tragedians have known, class and gender roles continue to remain the two fundamental determinants of the social fabric of any culture—even one, like our own, in which the boundaries of those identities have become fluid, situational and transitory.

David French’s adaptation of August Strindberg’s disturbing and enduring drama of t
Paperback, 96 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Talonbooks (first published 1888)
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Miss Julie an aristocracic woman that expresses the social Diseases common in many of the families of her class, still recovering from a broken engagement—an engagement ruined because of her attempt to train her fiancé like a dog , flirting in a moment of despair her servant Jean ,she takes an adventure of uncalculated results,Jean seduce Julie, , telling a heart-breaking story of his childhood love to her,after their love affair ,Jean rejects her and confesses that he has deceived her, leaving ...more
It had strong langugae,the form,layout of the play was well done. The story was pretty shallow,not much of a story really. It was only two characters with over the top feelings screaming at each other. That sounds like many great plays but you need more quality,depth than this.

In the foreward Strindberg says he wanted the characters to be characterless. It felt too much like the main female character was only a way to write his views on how a woman of his times should not be. Jean the male main
Boy meets girl, boy seduces girl, boy plans to elope with girl, boy wrings girl's pet bird's neck, boy changes his mind, girl kills herself. For some reason, Hollywood have never wholeheartedly embraced this formula. I can't imagine why not.

My late grandmother-in-law was an amazing, larger-than-life character, who looked as though she'd stepped straight out of Fanny och Alexander. Her family was distantly related to that of Strindberg's first wife, and, until the day she died, she steadfastly r
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I read the translation made by Peter Watts.

A beautiful play by the master Strindberg, This is the kind of paly that makes the one sure about the role of inspiration in the art. The most remarkable element of the play is how it shows the changes in the characters in a smooth unconstrained way, You believe what you watch and understand it although its characters very odd behaviours specially Julia's.

The relationship between the servant and the master presented in this powerful way only in Losey's
What did I just read?

Okay, first of all - this was required reading for my course in university. I would have never read this play voluntarily. This was a disaster. I know many authors of the past were misogynic in a subtle or not so subtle way...Sometimes I can ignore it, in cases like this one I cannot. Not with a foreword almost as long as the damned play itself.
After three pages of the foreword the reader gets an insight into the inner-world of Strindberg who was basically a misogynic dumb
Jul 04, 2016 Laura rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Bettie
From BBC Radio 4:
A reimagined version of August Strindberg's 1888 stage play by Roger James Elsgood, starring Sofie Grabol, Lars Mikkelsen, and Marie Bach Hansen.

Strindberg's Miss Julie concerned a well-bred woman from the land-owning classes who has a one-night stand with her father's valet, Jean. Over the course of a midsummer night, Julie and Jean discuss their different stations in life and, emboldened by alcohol, she goads Jean to cross the social, economic and sexual lines that divide them
Dec 17, 2016 Sarah rated it liked it
مرحله دوم استريندبرگ خواني...
تقريبا نا اميدم كرد.
اگر داروين نمايشنامه مينوشت قطعا همين شكليا ميشد، يعني شور ناتوراليسم و بقاي اصلح رو درآورده بود، انقد كه حواسش به تم سوشال داروينيزم بود اگر حواسش به پيرنگ و كاركترپردازي بود الان بهش پنج ميدادم... كاركترا كاركتر نداشتن، خيلي ميساجنيست بود، خيليا زنشون ولشون ميكنه ولي همشون انقد از زنا متنفر نميشن كه...
اصلا با اثري مثل پدر قابل مقايسه نبود، استريندبرگ پدر واقعيه يا دوشيزه جولي؟ براي پاسخ به اين سوال بايد وارد مرحله سوم استريندبرگ خواني شد!!!
Stuart Aken
Oct 22, 2011 Stuart Aken rated it it was ok
The modern mind rebels instantly against the extreme misogyny expressed in the preface to this play. Strindberg may be typical of his time (the play was written in 1888) but he comes across as a man without any understanding of the reality of humanity. Stating that women, who he ranks with the uneducated and children, are incapable of full understanding and making a plea for the development of humankind into creatures who eschew emotion, he reveals himself as a man only half alive to the wonders ...more
Jun 17, 2009 Nick rated it it was amazing
This was my first stab at Strindberg, and dear lord did he stab back. This is a play about hate & power, and about passion & the lack thereof.

I'm shocked, looking back on this emotionally brutal play, to see how deeply engaged it was with the same "topics" of oppressive gender and class power structures. It does these right: they inform the emotional physics of the scenario, instead of being it's end.

The play is set over the course of a perfect Summer night. The characters are Jean (30)
Disha Acharya
It is difficult and quite uncomfortable to read and write a review for a writer was/is famous for his open misogyny and especially more difficult for someone who is a feminist and a woman. You might then say, then why read the play? The answer to this is that I had to read the play as the dramatics society of where I work was putting up a performance of the same play. However, that is not when I got around to reading it, that was last year and as you can see I have read play the six months later ...more
Danilo De rossi
Ogni volta che ho tra le mani un'opera di teatro, parto sempre dal presupposto che la sola lettura del testo implica necessariamente il fatto che se ne perda qualcosa. Questo perché la finalità di uno testo teatrale è e rimane la messa in scena, l'interpretazione sul palco da parte degli attori che, uscendo materialmente dal copione, si danno totalmente in pasto al pubblico. Questo per dire che un'opera di teatro non è un romanzo, e ciò è bene tenerlo sempre a mente. La contessina Julie è un att ...more
Nov 10, 2009 Liz rated it did not like it
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Feb 18, 2016 Steven rated it really liked it
"Whose fault is it?--What's it matter to us whose fault it is; I'm still the one who'll have to bear the blame, suffer the consequences."
In Miss Julie, the daughter of a count condescends to have relations with a lowly servant, in a spur of –passion? the desire to fall? hereditary influences? a reaction to her recently broken marriage proposal? The reasons for her behavior are both numerous and complex, which is what gives the play its strength. Strindberg's naturalism is different from Zola's
Jan 19, 2015 Jessica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have no idea what the hell I just read.
Patricia Nedelea
Jan 27, 2016 Patricia Nedelea rated it it was amazing
It was all her father's fault, I'd say.
Oct 17, 2015 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many of the same themes employed in Strindberg's earlier play, The Father, are also at work in Miss Julie, though I think with greater effect in the previous work. Both plays can be characterized as "naturalistic tragedies." Both deal with social Darwinism. Both have the same socio-historical and mythical setting. In both it is easy to point to instances of the author's misogyny. Both deal with gender issues. Miss Julie, however, also deals with social class, albeit in a very socially Darwinist ...more
Feb 11, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it
A classic piece of work, considered to be one of the best Swedish plays of all time. Strindberg understood characters and their dreams, he created something that feels real and the play portrays people's thoughts as they are. Not embellished.

This is a silent battle between a woman and a man, upper class and lower class, love and deceit. Fröken Julie, the daughter of a count, is a very perplexed character that has struggled all her life trying to find her place in the world. Her upbringing (learn
Brittany Hale
Oct 23, 2011 Brittany Hale rated it liked it
I would highly recommend this book to someone who enjoys reading about drama filled soap opera relationships. I believe that so many people can honestly understand how she is feeling and can actually relate to her. It also can show the readers just how everyones morals might not be the same, it might be different in someone elses eyes.

The play Miss Julie is based mostly from mortality, lust, scandals, and lies. It is mortality because miss Julie can't tell right from wrong, all of the servants b
That was awful! This was definitely the worst play I have ever and probably will ever read. A boring girl used as a symbol for everything the playwright dislikes in women, an arrogant little cockroach disguised as a man(Seriously, he's a walking insult to all sane men) to ruin the lives of the other characters(Both women) and a plot so boring that a lesson in mathematics seems like a blockbuster compared to that. The views of the writer's time can not excuse everything he does, even if he explai ...more
Mar 07, 2016 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
This was an interesting read, especially since I'm reading it for school and get to analyze it from cool perspectives. The plot is dramatic and emotional, and even though not that much happens, so much takes place in just the characters' words and rantings. Julie is the kind of character you can see so many dimensions of and somewhat relate to. The fact that it's a play makes it a different read, which can be nice some times. When analyzing I dig deeper into both the gender roles the characters ...more
Jul 24, 2015 Katja rated it really liked it
Ein unglaublich spannendes Kammerspiel, das nicht nur bestehende Machtverhältnisse, Machtmissbrauch und Wahnsinn zeigt, sondern auch die Umkehr des Status durch Leidenschaft, Gedankenlosigkeit, dem Ausliefern von Geist und Seele. Mich schaudert's noch immer. (Juli 2015)
Sep 17, 2015 Johanna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Trött på strindbergskåta svensklärare. Trött på normaliserat kvinnohat genom klassisk litteratur. Trött, rent generellt.
Aug 04, 2016 FoodxHugs rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fed-up readers looking for something different
August Strindberg spits on the face of romance. And stamps on it for good measure.

I remember when I was a very young child watching the Peter Mullen film and since then the unique plot stuck with me all these years. I didn't remember much of the acting, or even the actors until I looked up the trailers on YouTube yesterday. Yet, the play itself is a rare treat written by a Swedish playwright who has a consummate skill at creating realistic characters, who jump off the page and burrow in the dept
Jul 25, 2015 Enas rated it really liked it

مسرحية "الآنسة جوليا" للكاتب السويدي أوغست سترندبرغ (1849- 1912) تتألف من فصل واحد فقط ، ينقسم الى قسمين ، فتجري الأحداث خلال مدة قصيرة لاتتجاوز الليلة وصباح اليوم الثاني، أى خلال احتفال بعيد منتصف فصل الصيف وحيث تتركز الأحداث حول شخصيتين هما: الآنسة جوليا، ابنة الكونت صاحب القصر الذي تدور فيه الأحداث، و جان، خادم الأب، بالإضافة لكريستين الطباخة و خطيبة جان.

نتعرف على غرابة أطوار الآنسة جوليا وحتى قبل دخولها من خلال حوار قصير يدور بين جان وكريستين ، إذ يلفت انتباهما تفضيلها قضاء ليلة العيد بين ال
Klara Woodson
Dec 23, 2015 Klara Woodson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Strindberg, tanto amato per la sua abilità nel ritrarre la società a lui contemporanea e la sua analisi dello spirito umano, quanto disprezzato per la sua misantropia e una generale vena di maschilismo che arrugginisce le sue opere, mi ha colpito in maniera decisamente brutale. 
Devo dire che l'ho preferito di gran lunga ad un autore come Ibsen, che dietro alla sua maschera di difensore dei diritti delle donne in realtà ritrae dei personaggi femminili sempre estremamente deboli e dipendenti da un
Mar 07, 2013 Jesse rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scandinavian-lit
Miss Julie is one of August Strindberg's most famous plays. It's rather short, although this edition makes it look extensive by including Strindberg's own preface to the piece. That makes for a weird reading.

The story can be summarised as a woman of high standing "falling" at the cost of her male servant "rising". It's an interesting locus of attention, where many broader societal issues are mirrored. This is already heavy, too much perhaps: she has an absent father, she is a woman in a still ra
Dec 19, 2016 Laura rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Strindberg was quite the misogynist and it really shows in this play. Unfortunately, I had to read this for university. Besides the misogynistic narrative and his very anti position in the women's right movement in 19th century Sweden, I found the plot development strange. Most things just came out of nowhere without a proper explanation. I really do hope I won't have to read anything else by Strindberg for university ever again.
May 06, 2007 Ali rated it liked it
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موضوع مادموازل ژولی (1888)، بر اساس مساله ی طبقاتی معمول در جوامع اروپایی قرن نوزدهم نوشته شده، در رابطه ای غیر رمانتیک و هوس آلوده، و نبرد قدرت میان دو جنس؛ ژولی دختر ارباب، و ژان سر پیشخدمت خانه. ژولی که با تربیت مادر از رعایت فاصله ی طبقاتی عاجز است، دختری ست از نگاه شخصیتی ضعیف، مهربان و شکننده که تنها به برتری خانوادگی (دختر کنت) سر پا ایستاده. در مقابل ژان، مردی ست خودساخته و دانش آموخته، و متکی به خود که به مکان خویش در طبقه ی زیرین آگاه است اما قانع نیست. او به دنبال فرصت پرواز است. شب ع ...more
Laura Grable
I first read this play in college. It's about the daughter of a count who is trying to get over a broken engagement. In many ways she is still a child, acting sometimes as she believes she is supposed to be acting and sometimes doing things in order to rebel against her strict father.

The majority of the play focuses on her seduction of the family's valet, Jean. An innocent flirtation is taken too far and Miss Julie soon finds herself in a bad place, her virtue taken by a man who was playing her
Jul 22, 2015 BookCupid rated it it was amazing
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Miss Julie: Go on! Kick me.
Jean: No, I don't kick a dog when he's down, let alone a woman. Although, I must confess that the conquest was a little too easy for it to be really exciting.

Strindberg earned a misogynist status after writing this play. He blamed the masses, the readers themselves, for the way they judge society. But let's face it, even these days, if a woman seduces a man into bed, the chances that she will repent the moment after are large. Yes, Jean proclaimed his admiration toward
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Johan August Strindberg was a Swedish writer, playwright, and painter. Along with Henrik Ibsen, Søren Kierkegaard, Selma Lagerlöf and Hans Christian Andersen he is arguably the most influential and famous of all Scandinavian authors. Strindberg is known as one of the fathers of modern theatre. His work falls into two major literary movements, Naturalism and Expressionism. He is widely read in Swed ...more
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