Miss Julie | Literature Criticism Una Chaudhuri

This literature criticism consists of approximately 33 pages of analysis & critique of Miss Julie.
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Una Chaudhuri

SOURCE: "Private Parts: Sex, Class, and Stage Space in 'Miss Julie'," in Theatre Journal, Vol. 45, No. 3, October, 1993, pp. 317-32.

In the following essay, Chaudhuri explores the determinism of sexual, social, and spatial transgression in August Strindberg's naturalist drama Miss Julie.

The plot of Miss Julie turns on an unusual conjunction of sexual and spatial determinism, an association which also includes the issue of class. The aristocratic Julie and her valet Jean are literally and figuratively trapped into intercourse when, to avoid being seen together alone, they are forced into hiding in Jean's room. This fateful concealment, which Strindberg is at pains to characterize also as a fated development, renders the disruption of class roles as sexuality, and sexuality (that is, transgressive, forbidden, fatal sexuality) as the inevitable outcome of a momentary and enforced privacy. In acting according...

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