- In drama, a concern with the realistic treatment of social problems, as in the works of Henrik Ibsen and his English admirers of the 1890s. Ibsen's plays, translated by William Archer and championed by George Bernard Shaw, instilled new vigour and realism into English drama at this time. Shaw's work of advocacy, The Quintessence of Ibsenism, was published in1891. Those who deplored the new focus on 'difficult' or taboo subjects wrote scathingly of Ibsenity. see also New Drama.