Ludvig Holberg (1684-1754) is the founding father of the art of theatre in the Nordic countries. He was a satirist - and university professor - who took his main inspirations from the comedies of Moliere and from the commedia dell'arte to create a number of plays that mirrored contemporary costums and conducts in a both realistic and grotesque way. Due to the psychological and philosophical strength behind the comic mask the plays have been staged and revisited ever since. In the 18th century the were part of the European canon. They should be so now again.
This book presents Holberg in a European context as a reformer in the spirit of the Enlightenment even before Goldoni, Diderot and Lessing, and at the same time as an exponent of a carnivalesque tradition.
Born in 1946. MA, Phil.Doc. Associate Professor, Theatre Studies, Institute for Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen. Research travels to Italy, France, and India. Dramaturg and translator of plays, especially by Dario Fo, De Filippo, and Goldoni. Doctoral dissertation about Comédie Italienne in a broad cultural/religious/iconographic context. Has published interdisciplinary studies on historical and dramaturgical issues in English, French, Polish, and Italian. Is for the moment preparing the English version of his book about eighteenth-century playwright Ludvig Holberg in a dramaturgical-historical perspective. Special research focuses are on relationships between visual arts and theatre; drama analysis and creative theatre production; theatricality and rituality. Lecturer at several international universities and research centres, most recently in Torino, Paris, Frankfurt, and Stockholm. Member of scientific committees and networks in Paris, Mantova, and Torino, among other cities. Publications include: The Taming of the Turk: Ottomans on the Danish Stage 1596–1896. Vienna: Hollitzer, 2014 (= Ottomania 2).