Norway's Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906) and Sweden's August Strindberg (1849-1912) were modern Scandinavia?s most important dramatists. Ibsen's realistic social dramas influenced writers like Gerhard Hauptmann, G. B. Shaw, and Arthur Miller, and Strindberg's innovative (often surreal) dramas exerted a major influence on both naturalistic and expressionistic theater. Together, the legacy of Ibsen and Strindberg continues to resonate on stages around the world. In this course we will read a representative sampling of works by each author (including Ibsen's Peer Gynt, A Doll's House, and Ghosts and Strindberg's The Father, Miss Julie, and A Dream Play). All readings and discussions will be in English. There are no prerequisites.