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Barn i dramatiken, på scenen och i publiken
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.
2019 (Swedish)In: I avantgardets skugga: Brytpunkter och kontinuitet i svensk teater kring 1900 / [ed] Rikard Hoogland, Göteborg: LIR.skrifter, 2019, p. 47-73Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Children in plays, on the stage and in the audience Children’s theatre is a reflection of contemporary views on children and childhood. Adults and parents, as well as playwrights, actors, directors, pedagogues, and critics dictate the underlying purposes of theatre for the youngest audiences. Traditionally, the adult world has insisted on a theatre that serves either serves a purpose or entertains, and preferably does both. During the first decades of the twentieth century Swedish theatres produced new plays written by pioneering playwrights, such as Anna Maria Roos, Anna Wahlenberg and Walter Stenström. Sometimes the cast was mixed with both adults and children. Children were created in the plays, they were present in the auditorium and sometimes also on the stage. In some typical performances, children are found in opposition to the grown-ups within different social environments and contexts, from fairy tale castles to poverty. Childhood embraces conflicts and challenges and the children represent courage, common sense, faithfulness and love. The critics often praise the frank and charming child actors, but have problems with the valuations of theatre for a young audience. This chapter analyses shifting representations and functions of children and childhood in the works of Roos, Wahlenberg, and Stenström. The focus of the study is on plays themselves, as well as reviews and other archival source material.

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Göteborg: LIR.skrifter, 2019. p. 47-73
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LIR.skrifter ; 8
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Performing Art Studies
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Theatre Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-167719ISBN: 9789188348920 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-167719DiVA, id: diva2:1301392
Available from: 2019-04-01 Created: 2019-04-01 Last updated: 2019-04-01Bibliographically approved

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