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Trolls, Ghosts, Us: the Supernatural in Ibsen

April 16

Bagley Wright Theater

Who, or what, is the ghost in Ibsen's Ghosts? This talk considers the status of the supernatural in Ibsen's plays and persona, as well as how haunting might be at work in our own lives. 

Dr. Olivia Gunn will present a 30-minute post-show talk that is not to be missed. The talk is free and open to the public, arrive by 9:30 p.m. in order to attend if you are not seeing the play that evening.


Olivia Noble Gunn is Associate Professor and the Sverre Arestad Endowed Chair in Norwegian Studies in the Department of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. Her research focuses on Norwegian literature and culture after 1880, with emphasis on gender, class, and race. She is motivated by big questions about innocence, propriety, and the limits of thinking and living. At UW, Olivia teaches courses on topics ranging from the modernist Norwegian novel to the history of sexuality in the Nordic countries. She is the author of Empty Nurseries, Queer Occupants: Reproduction and the Future in Ibsen's Late Plays (Routledge 2020).