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Miss Julie and Other Plays

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  862 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
This edition embraces Strindberg's crucial transition from Naturalism to Modernism, from his two finest achievements as a psychological realist, The Father and Miss Julie, to the three plays in which he redefined the possibilities of European drama following his return to the theatre in 1898, A Dream Play, The Ghost Sonata, and The Dance of Death. Michael Robinson's highly ...more
Paperback, Oxford World's Classics, 368 pages
Published February 4th 1999 by Oxford University Press (first published 1888)
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Nov 30, 2009 David rated it it was amazing
Troubled by feelings of excessive cheerfulness? Worried that you're treading a little to closely to the edge of hope? Have no fear! The bleak works of Strindberg are guaranteed to slather a new coat of tarry blackness across the bare cinder-block walls of your soul. Enjoy!
Alejandro Teruel
A very uneven collection of plays, which I read in a 1917 translation available on the Internet Archive.

Miss Julie(1888) clearly towers over the rest of the plays in this collection. Claustrophobic and fascinating in its penetrating depiction of some very dark and morbid places in the psyche, it compresses gender and social conflict and alienation and has become a key modern play. The language is deceptively simple but it is a hard play to read and appreciate. I would recommend complementing its
"Human beings are to be pitied!" (196)
That human beings are to be pitied is the thread that runs through this collection of five of Strindberg's plays: The Father, Miss Julie, The Dance of Death I, A Dream Play, and The Ghost Sonata. I have reviewed the plays individually, so I will not go into detail again here. This edition included a great introduction (to each play and to Strindberg and his art more generally, including his relation to others like Ibsen, Freud, etc.) as well as elaborate not
Jul 28, 2009 Meltha rated it really liked it
At times very strange as it pushes the bounds of realism well into the modern era, but dang is this a good play.
5 stars for Miss Julie, 4 stars for A Dream Play, and an uncertain 3 stars for The Father, Dance of Death, and A Ghost Sonata.

I actually consider myself quite good at reading plays, they often play out quite well in the theater of my imagination. My inner director takes the suggestions of the writer into consideration, but ultimately does her own thing. For example, August Strindberg, in his prologue to Miss Julie, seems to think I should portray the title character as the poster-child of all t
Nov 21, 2009 Korri rated it liked it
Shelves: theatre
It was good to read (finally!) the Strindberg play which critics and historians agree ushered in naturalism & a change to theater. I was put off it for so long by a stellar but disturbing 1999 film adaptation in which an off-stage coupling was rendered more like rape on screen. Returning to the source I found myself pleasantly surprised although I wanted to raise a sadistic hand against Strindberg for his portrayal of Froken Julie (and all women) as an animal in heat and as a degenerate. His ...more
Apr 17, 2008 Nora rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who like watching cat fights on tv.
"Miss Julie" advanced theatrical realism when it came out. It starts out with cooking real kidneys on stage and actually eating them (Dexter style). Plus the set was one of the first to start breaking down the Doll's House box. However, also contained in this volume is "The Father" which is a really interesting look at the uneasy position of paternity. He's a smart eccentric guy who wants to raise his daughter to be smart as well, but his wife is crazy and manipulative. Trust issues, oh, very dr ...more
Jan 21, 2009 Michaela rated it it was ok
Inbetween a 2 and a 3, really... good stuff, but not always to my taste. Reality doesn't always have to be dismal, I feel. Interesting commentaries on society. Strindberg really hated women in his plays, though.
Jack Hrkach
Aug 14, 2015 Jack Hrkach rated it really liked it
Strindberg is essential reading for anyone interested in the modern theatre, so another assignment for you - of course if you'd taken my theatre class you would have read WouLD have, right? Miss Julie is very short and not very sweet, but brilliant.
Dec 28, 2007 Caitlin rated it really liked it
Recommended to Caitlin by: Required Reading: Introduction to Dramatic Literature and Script
Shelves: plays
This play is really very depressing, but it's also quite wonderful. The characters are interesting, and their interactions are intense but fun to watch.
Ebony morey
Sep 13, 2007 Ebony morey rated it it was amazing
Strindberg's masterpiece! The struggle between naturalism and modernism, male and female, sexuality and celibacy... outstanding
Melusine Parry
Oct 10, 2015 Paul rated it really liked it
Crisp translations, but this volume is let down by the editor's decision to leave out 'Dance of Death' part II.
Jun 01, 2015 Drew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookclub
An interesting play, albeit an old one. A fun bookclub exercise, too.
Jun 17, 2014 Mckinley rated it really liked it
Shelves: play, foriegn
Father, Miss Julie, Dance of Death I, Dream Play and Ghost Sonata.
Look at gender issues.
Nick Bor
Feb 03, 2014 Nick Bor marked it as abandoned
Shelves: books-i-own, uni
Read Miss Julie for uni, might return to read the others at some point.
May 22, 2009 Jules rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, drama
Reading a Strindberg play is like watching someone's life unravel right before your eyes, not on a stage, but in a room, with windows and you are peering in.
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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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