In order to preserve the history and accomplishments of its distinguished faculty, the University of California Berkeley Emeriti Association (UCBEA) has begun making video recordings of interviews with individual emeriti.(more…)
Ibsen’s Houses: Architectural Metaphor and the Modern Uncanny will be published by Cambridge University Press in March 2015. The book discusses Henrik Ibsen’s influence on public discourse at a pivotal moment in late nineteenth-century European modernity. His plays engaged his public through a strategic use of metaphors of house and home, which resonated with experiences of displacement, philosophical homelessness, and exile. The most famous of these metaphors – embodied by the titles of his plays A Doll’s House, Pillars of Society, and The Master Builder – have entered into mainstream Western thought in ways that mask the full force of the reversals Ibsen performed on notions of architectural space. Analyzing literary and performance-related reception materials from Ibsen’s lifetime, Ibsen’s Houses concentrates on the interior dramas of the playwright’s prose-play cycle, drawing also on his selected poems.