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Attacken på Albert Ranfts teaterimperium: Fälstrider inom svensk teater 1921
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5350-6916
2019 (Swedish)In: I avantgardets skugga: Brytpunkter och kontinuitet i svensk teater kring 1900 / [ed] Rikard Hoogland, Göteborg: LIR.skrifter, 2019, p. 243-269Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

"The Attack on Albert Ranft’s theatre empire.The theatre battle field"

In 1921 Swedish theatre was accused for its immorality. The central object of the critique was a production of Mikhail Petrovich Artsybashev’s play Jealousy at the private owned theatre Svenska teatern. The theatre critics had found the play lacking in its composition but praised the production and the main female actor. The accusation did instead come from Christian newspapers and was then taken up by major big city news outlets – and subsequently it discussed in the parliament. Serious proposals was put forward to establish a censorship on theatre performances. The main target was Albert Ranft, at that time the main owner of theatres in Sweden, allegedly being merely interested in gaining as high profits as possible. Also one of the fore runners of modernist theatre, Per Lindberg, engaged in the debate and accused Ranft for low quality. Nevertheless Lindberg had produced the same play in his own theatre. This chapter analyse the conflict in perspective of the changing role of youngsters in the Swedish society and the attempt to “rescue” them. Furthermore, there is focus on the conflict of how theatre should befunded. Ranft’s successful enterprise was used as an example for reducing governmental funding. In this conflict the modernist took the same position as the Christian movement even if the development of modernist staging did have immorality as one of its main components.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: LIR.skrifter, 2019. p. 243-269
Series
LIR.skrifter ; 8
Keywords [sv]
teaterhistoria, Albert Ranft, Per Lindberg, Bourdieu, Christophe Charle
National Category
Performing Art Studies
Research subject
Theatre Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-167300ISBN: 9789188348920 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-167300DiVA, id: diva2:1298727
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Swedish Research Council, 2013-1941Available from: 2019-03-25 Created: 2019-03-25 Last updated: 2019-03-25Bibliographically approved

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