The Ghost Sonata

Today the informal class I am teaching (filling in for a cancelled "Scandinavian Cultures" class) meets, as we regularly do on Tuesdays although Thursday is cancelled thanks to the holiday. The topic for today is August Strindberg, and I assigned the Ghost Sonata. It is an important piece of modernist theatre, but I suspect my students will be flummoxed.

What I think the play is about is that what is real and what is fake is a choice, just as being alive or dead is a choice. There are people around us who choose to be apparitions, and there are also those of us who choose to be real. This is the condition of modernity, the option to be fake.

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