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När Dramatens diva smittade Helsingfors med feber: En undersökning av Ellen Hartmans gästspel i Finland 1889
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9821-4784
2019 (Swedish)In: I avantgardets skugga: Brytpunkter och kontinuitet i svensk teater kring 1900 / [ed] Rikard Hoogland, Göteborg: Göteborgs universitet, 2019, p. 169-202Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

When the Swedish diva infected Helsinki with fever. An investigation of Ellen Hartman’s guest performance in Finland 1889

During the autumn of 1889 Ellen Hartman, the star of the Royal Dramatic theatre in Stockholm, made a guest performance in Helsinki that resulted in a literal ‘Hartman fever’. This chapter is an analysis of this event and a contribution to the history of actresses, divas and celebrity studies. What did Ellen Hartman do on stage to create a success that was regarded as unsurpassed? And what expressions of admiration were seen amongst the audience?The analysis of the sources reveals Hartman’s strategy to represent herself as a diva where her performance was to be the focus, rather than the plays or their mise-en-scène. Hartman’s acting style was perceived as modern and absolutely “natural” and her embodied femininity, that was a predecessor to the so-called flapper, was a novelty. The sources also show that the audience surrounded her with processes that gave tribute to her as their chosen diva in accordance with contemporary diva codes. I argue that Hartman’s guest performance 1889 comprised both a prevision of the next century through her femininity and acting style, and on the same time was founded in a diva tradition that had long roots back in history.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: Göteborgs universitet, 2019. p. 169-202
Series
LIR.skrifter ; 8
Keywords [en]
theater history, diva studies, the art of acting, femininity, Ellen Hartman, Wayne Koestenbaum
Keywords [sv]
teaterhistoria, divastudier, skådespelarkonst, femininitet, Ellen Hartman, Wayne Koestenbaum
National Category
Performing Art Studies
Research subject
Theatre Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-169820ISBN: 9789188348920 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-169820DiVA, id: diva2:1326449
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Swedish Research Council, 2013-1941Available from: 2019-06-18 Created: 2019-06-18 Last updated: 2019-06-19Bibliographically approved

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