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A Doll's House

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"a woman cannot be herself in modern society,"

A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen

Classic Plays

A Doll's House - 1879. This play is a scathing criticism of the marital roles accepted by men and women which characterized Ibsen's society.

It aroused great controversy at the time, highlighting the belief that "a woman cannot be herself in modern society," since it is "an exclusively male society, with laws made by men and with prosecutors and judges who assess feminine conduct from a masculine standpoint.

A Doll's House (Norwegian: Et dukkehjem; also translated as A Doll House) is a three-act play in prose by Henrik Ibsen. It premiered at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 21 December 1879, having been published earlier that month.

The play is significant for its critical attitude toward 19th century marriage norms. It aroused great controversy at the time, as it concludes with the protagonist, Nora, leaving her husband and children because she wants to discover herself. Ibsen was inspired by the belief that "a woman cannot be herself in modern society," since it is "an exclusively male society, with laws made by men and with prosecutors and judges who assess feminine conduct from a masculine standpoint." Its ideas can also be seen as having a wider application: Michael Meyer argued that the play's theme is not women's rights, but rather "the need of every individual to find out the kind of person he or she really is and to strive to become that person." In a speech given to the Norwegian Association for Women's Rights in 1898, Ibsen insisted that he "must disclaim the honor of having consciously worked for the women's rights movement," since he wrote "without any conscious thought of making propaganda," his task having been "the description of humanity."

In 2006, the centennial of Ibsen's death, A Doll's House held the distinction of being the world's most performed play for that year. UNESCO has inscribed Ibsen's autographed manuscripts of A Doll's House on the Memory of the World Register in 2001, in recognition of their historical value.

A Doll's House was based on the life of Laura Kieler (maiden name Laura Smith Petersen), a good friend of Ibsen. Much that happened between Nora and Torvald happened to Laura and her husband, Victor. Much like the play, Laura signs the illegal loan in order to save her husband. She wants the money to find a cure for her husband's tuberculosis. She wrote to Ibsen, asking for his recommendation of her work to his publisher, thinking that the sales of her book would repay her debt. At his refusal, she forged a check for the money. At this point she was found out. In real life, when Victor discovered about Laura's secret loan, he divorced her and had her committed to an asylum. Two years later, she returned to her husband and children at his urging, and she went on to become a well-known Danish author, living to the age of 83.

Ibsen wrote A Doll's House at the point when Laura Kieler had been committed to the asylum, and the fate of this friend of the family shook him deeply, perhaps also because Laura had asked him to intervene at a crucial point in the scandal, which he did not feel able or willing to do. Instead, he turned this life situation into an aesthetically shaped, successful drama. In the play, Nora leaves Torvald with head held high, though facing an uncertain future given the limitations single women faced in the society of the time.

Kieler eventually rebounded from the shame of the scandal and had her own successful writing career while remaining discontented with sole recognition as "Ibsen's Nora" years afterwards


A Doctor In The House

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A Doctor in the House is the hilarious story of a young woman who gets all she ever dreamed of. Bhavna's days in medical college make her who she wanted to be. The man who makes her heart beat faster gets down on bended knee. But in the ever after, a storm begins to brew. An old flame shows up, uttering words she would have killed to hear all those years ago. Now, will they move her heart? Bhavna remembers the shy glances and the painful anticipation. No one can ever forget their first love. A generous sprinkling of mother-in-law problems, a pinch of regret, and a dash of harsh words-the cauldron boils over. Life is not like an M&B nor is it a Hindi movie-all songs and happy endings. Her best friend, Monika, is facing an ugly divorce. Do all relationships end up bitter? You ride off into the sunset and then realization dawns?


A Domestic Problem - Work And Culture In The Household

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Abby Morton Diaz was a teacher at Brook Farm (1843-47) and, much later, a founder of the Women's Educational and Industrial Union of Boston. She was an organizer in the Woman's Clubs movement. Diaz was among the 19th century anti-vivisection activists. She was also among the early organizers of the movement sometimes called New Thought, which organized as the Metaphysical Club of Boston. Her religious association was Unitarian. Abby Morton Diaz was also known as a writer on a variety of topics, including women's rights and children's stories. Her writings appeared in The Atlantic Monthly and New England Magazine and other publications. Diaz also widely lectured on women's rights including woman suffrage." Written in 1895 A Domestic Problem : Work and Culture in the Household tackles the problem women have faced for decades. How can a woman balance running a household with learning about and enjoying culture. It is amazing how modern this book from over 100 years ago is and how it proves the point that the more things change the more they stay the same.


Reaction To The Modern Women's Movement 1963 To The Present

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Antifeminism in cultural context
To give today's readers an understanding of the social and political forces that actively fought against any changes in women's status in the United States, the editors selected these original examples from the writings of the time that appeared in popular books and magazines. Opponents of women's equality frequently voiced their opinions about 19th-century issues of women's suffrage, dress reform, self-expression, independence, and other topics that touched upon the perceived roles and duties of women. Such public diatribes continued into the 10th century as determined antifeminists argued against increased opportunities for women in employment and education, denied the propriety of family planning, and admonished against women's involvement in politics.
Arguments based on ridicule, "natural law," and false claims
Some opponents merely dismissed or ridiculed calls for changes in women's status, without specifying particular flaws in the feminist position. Others cited divine ordination, applied to "natural law," and fanned public fears of familial and social disintegration. Frequently these critics resorted to charges of presumed lesbianism, communism, and socialism against advocates of women's rights and against the movement itself. This adamant opposition to equality for women was a manifestation of common apprehension about ongoing social, economic, and political changes beyond antifeminist control.
Antifeminists in their own words
Today few people have even an inkling of the vehemence, theatrical posturing, and convoluted reasoning of the antifeminist forces. This varied selection of original sources puts an illuminating spotlight on the arguments presented by opponents of women's equality that is drawn from an extensive body of writings, ranging from the elegant pronouncements of a popular politician to sincere endorsements of the status quo by female apologists for those opposed to the women's movement, to purveyors of low satire in the popular press. For modern readers, this collection provides the opportunity to encounter directly the reasoning, opinions, and perceptions of those that resisted and criticized the goals and achievements of feminism.
A valuable resource for many disciplines.
A particularly valuable feature of this set is its wealth of primary source material from the 19th and early 20th centuries, including material from books and newspapers. Very few libraries have collected these sources and chances are no single collection has them all. These volumes are of great interest to women's studies, women's history, gender studies, cultural studies, as well as history, political science, sociology, and literature. Many of the examples of antifeminist writing found in the set can enrich classroom discussions and assignments that involve communication, writing, and rhetoric.
Available individually by volume
1. Opposition to the Women's Movement in the United States, 1848-1929 (0-8153-2713-7) 400 pages
2. Redefining the New Woman, 1920-1963 (0-8153-2714-5) 344 pages
3. Reaction to the Modern Women's Movement, 1963 to the Present (0-8153-2715-3) 352 pages


Tiny House Basics

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Live More With Less!So you've heard of Tiny Houses, but you aren't really sure what all the fuss is about? You wonder how anybody could possibly want to live in 200 sq. feet? Maybe you're skeptical...but intrigued?Then Tiny House Basics: A Complete Introduction is for you!This book focuses on the basics of Tiny Houses: what they are, how they work, and who they are best suited for. If you are new to the Tiny House world or are just interested in learning much more, then read on!Inside Tiny House Basics: A Complete Introduction you'll learn about: - The many different types of Tiny Houses, from pre-fabs to converted shipping containers and everything in between- How Tiny Houses can save you thousands and thousands of dollars every single year- Stories from people who are actually living the Tiny House lifestyle- The many different reasons that people choose to live in a Tiny House- How Tiny Houses just might save the planet- And much, much more! Tiny Houses are about focusing on what matters most to you - relationships, hobbies, work, nature, or community. It's never too late to change your focus, and Tiny House Basics: A Complete Introduction will help you get there!



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