Brecht On Theatre

Author: Bertolt Brecht

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350068926

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 392

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Brecht on Theatre is a seminal work that has remained the classic text for readers and students wanting a rich appreciation of the development of Brecht's thinking on theatre and aesthetics. First published in 1964 and on reading lists ever since, Brecht's writings are presented in this definitive edition featuring the wholly revised, re-edited and expanded text produced for the 50th anniversary of the first English publication. With additional texts, illustrations and editorial material, and with almost half the material newly translated, this edition provides a far fuller and more accurate account of the development of Brecht's work and writings. This edition features: * Clearer layout and organisation of the text * New translations of many of the Brechtian texts featured * Over 40 new, previously untranslated essays * Essay titles now correspond to the German originals * A revised selection of illustrations This selection of Bertolt Brecht's critical writing charts the development of his thinking on theatre and aesthetics over four decades. The volume demonstrates how the theories of Epic Theatre and Verfremdung evolved, and contains notes and essays on the staging of The Threepenny Opera, Mahagonny, Mother Courage, Puntila, Galileoand many others of his plays. Also included is 'Short Organon for the Theatre', Brecht's most complete statement of his revolutionary philosophy of the theatre.

Brecht on Theatre

The Development of an Aesthetic

Author: Bertolt Brecht

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408145456

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 344

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A wholly revised, re-edited and expanded edition of one of the seminal texts of twentieth century theatre. Featuring new translations, additional texts, illustrations and editorial matter, this is a fullest and clearest account yet of Brecht's thinking on theatre and aesthetics.


Band 4: Schriften, Journale, Briefe

Author: Jan Knopf

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3476056112

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 547

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"Vierzig Jahre, und mein Werk ist der Abgesang des Jahrtausends", schrieb Bertolt Brecht 1920. Am Beginn des neuen Jahrtausends hat sich die überragende Bedeutung Brechts nicht nur für die deutsche Literatur, sondern auch für die Weltliteratur erwiesen. Das "Brecht-Handbuch" wird nun in vollständig neu bearbeiteter und erweiterter Form vorgelegt. Es basiert auf dem Wissensstand der Großen Berliner und Frankfurter Ausgabe der Werke Bertolt Brechts (1988-2000), und es bietet in fünf Bänden eine Einführung in das Gesamtwerk, präsentiert den aktuellen Forschungsstand, stellt ein benutzerfreundliches, leicht überschaubares und zuverlässiges Nachschlagewerk dar. In über 250 monographisch angelegten Einzelartikeln, von mehr als 50 Brecht-Forschern des In- und Auslands erarbeitet, werden Überblicke über Zeitabschnitte des Brechtschen Schaffens und Stilentwicklungen gegeben.

Brecht and East Asian Theatre

The Proceedings of a Conference on Brecht in East Asian Theatre

Author: Anthony Tatlow,Tak-wai Wong

Publisher: Hong Kong University Press

ISBN: 9789622090682

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 234

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This book contains unique information about Bertolt Brecht and East Asian theatre. It focuses in particular on China and offers first and detailed accounts of important Brecht productions from those directly involved. Hence it grants remarkable insight into the problems of modern Chinese theatre and its relationship to Western theatre and into possible future developments. The book also throws light on Brecht's work and suggests ways of 're-producing' Brecht in the West. It consists of papers presented at a Hong Kong conference by distinguished Western critics (John Willett, Klaus Volker) and prominent practitioners of the theatre in China - directors (Huang Zuolin, Chen Yong), stage designers, translators and scholars. There are also accounts of Brecht productions in Japan and India, which form a stimulating contrast with the Chinese experience. With a wealth of practical examples, the book enables us to appreciate how theatre develops within different social structures. Presenting examples of cultural affinity and cultural disjunction, it also makes a useful contribution to intercultural study.

After Brecht

British Epic Theater

Author: Janelle G. Reinelt

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472084081

Category: Drama

Page: 237

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How contemporary British political theater has evolved and expanded from the legacy of Bertolt Brecht

Performing Feminisms

Feminist Critical Theory and Theatre

Author: Sue-Ellen Case

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801839696

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 327

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A valuable, provoking, important addition to any theatre scholar or practitioner's library, especially since feminist theory is a relative newcomer to the world of theatre.

A Twentieth-century Literature Reader

Texts and Debates

Author: Suman Gupta

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415351707

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 320

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This critical Reader is the essential companion to any course in twentieth-century literature. Drawing upon the work of a wide range of key writers and critics, the selected extracts provide: a literary-historical overview of the twentieth century insight into theoretical discussions around the purpose, value and form of literature which dominated the century closer examination of representative texts from the period, around which key critical issues might be debated. Clearly conveying the excitement generated by twentieth-century literary texts and by the provocative critical ideas and arguments that surrounded them, this reader can be used alongside the two volumes of Debating Twentieth-Century Literature or as a core text for any module on the literature of the last century. Texts examined in detail include: Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, Mansfield's Short Stories, poetry of the 1930s, Gibbon's Sunset Song, Eliot's Prufrock, Brecht's Galileo, Woolf's Orlando, Okigbo's Selected Poems, du Maurier's Rebecca, poetry by Ginsburg and O'Hara, Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Puig's Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Beckett's Waiting for Godot, Heaney's New Selected Poems 1966-1987, Gurnah's Paradise and Barker's The Ghost Road.

The Cambridge Companion to Brecht

Author: Peter Thomson,Glendyr Sacks

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139827731

Category: Drama

Page: N.A

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This updated Companion offers students crucial guidance on virtually every aspect of the work of this complex and controversial writer. It brings together the contrasting views of major critics and active practitioners, and this edition introduces more voices and themes. The opening essays place Brecht's creative work in its historical and biographical context and are followed by chapters on single texts, from The Threepenny Opera to The Caucasian Chalk Circle, on some early plays and on the Lehrstücke. Other essays analyse Brecht's directing, his poetry, his interest in music and his work with actors. This revised edition also contains additional essays on his early experience of cabaret, his significance in the development of film theory and his unique approach to dramaturgy. A detailed calendar of Brecht's life and work and a selective bibliography of English criticism complete this provocative overview of a writer who constantly aimed to provoke.

Brecht on Performance

Messingkauf and Modelbooks

Author: Bertolt Brecht

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408159503

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 312

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Brecht on Performance: Dialogues, Models, Practice Pieces presents a selection of Brecht's principle writings for actors and directors and is suitable for acting schools, directors, actors, students and teachers of Theatre Studies. Through these texts Brecht provides a general practical approach to acting and to realising texts for the stage that crystallises and makes concrete many of the more theoretical aspects of his other writing. The volume features a corpus of theatre materials, production records from Brecht's work with the Berliner Ensemble and practice pieces for actors, most of which has not previously been published in the English language. Edited by an international team of Brecht scholars and including a section by director and teacher Di Trevis examining the practical application of the texts for theatres and actors today, it is a wonderfully rich resource. Texts include: A Dialogue About Acting and realted pieces The Street Scene a newly edited version of The Messingkauf Dialogues Practice scene for actors based on texts by Shakespeare, Schiller and Homer extracts from the Model Books recording productions of Galileo and Mother Courage The text is illustrated with over 30 photographs from the Model Books.

Herr Puntila und sein Knecht Matti


Author: Bertolt Brecht

Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

ISBN: 3518739654

Category: Drama

Page: 144

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Der Gutsbesitzer Puntila ist nüchtern ein Ausbeuter und betrunken ein Menschenfreund. Nüchtern will Puntila seine Tochter mit einem Aristokraten verheiraten; er ist nicht betrunken, als er einsieht, daß der Schwächling kein Mann für das Mädchen ist; aber die Einsicht veranlaßt ihn, sich zu betrinken. Als schließlich doch der Knecht Matti zum Schwiegersohn bestimmt wird, unterzieht Matti die Tochter des Reichen einem Examen, in dem sie beweisen soll, ob sie ihn glücklich machen kann oder nicht. In einer grotesken Schlußszene werden die Motive zusammengefaßt: arm und reich können nicht zusammenkommen.

Brecht In Context

Author: John Willett

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 147424307X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 324

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New edition, revised for the centenary of Brecht's birth, containing additional updated material In this classic study, John Willett sets in context not only Brecht the theatre practitioner but Brecht the writer and man of his time. Through chapters on Brecht's relationships and attitudes to contemporary politics, English and American literature, Expressionism, music, art and cinema, as well as to such figures as Auden, Kipling and Piscator, the book presents a detailed and wide-ranging account of one of the most significant men of this century. "An outstanding introduction to its subject. . . will immeasurably enrich Brechtians young and old, especially those who think they know it all" (Times Educational Supplement); "Economical, witty and unpretentious in a way that Brecht would have liked, but immensely well-informed and thoroughly documented, seems certain to become required reading for anyone seriously interested in the dramatist" (London Review of Books); "An extraordinarily rich volume, which succeeds in being packed but uncrowded" (New Statesman)

Brecht On Art And Politics

Author: Bertolt Brecht

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1474243347

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

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This volume contains new translations to extend our image of one of the twentieth century's most entertaining and thought provoking writers on culture, aesthetics and politics. Here are a cross-section of Brecht's wide-ranging thoughts which offer us an extraordinary window onto the concerns of a modern world in four decades of economic and political disorder. The book is designed to give wider access to the experience of a dynamic intellect, radically engaged with social, political and cultural processes. Each section begins with a short essay by the editors introducing and summarising Brecht's thought in the relevant year.

History of European Drama and Theatre

Author: Erika Fischer-Lichte

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134678614

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 416

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This major study reconstructs the vast history of European drama from Greek tragedy through to twentieth-century theatre, focusing on the subject of identity. Throughout history, drama has performed and represented political, religious, national, ethnic, class-related, gendered, and individual concepts of identity. Erika Fischer-Lichte's topics include: * ancient Greek theatre * Shakespeare and Elizabethan theatre by Corneilli, Racine, Molière * the Italian commedia dell'arte and its transformations into eighteenth-century drama * the German Enlightenment - Lessing, Schiller, Goethe, and Lenz * romanticism by Kleist, Byron, Shelley, Hugo, de Vigny, Musset, Büchner, and Nestroy * the turn of the century - Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov, Stanislavski * the twentieth century - Craig, Meyerhold, Artaud, O'Neill, Pirandello, Brecht, Beckett, Müller. Anyone interested in theatre throughout history and today will find this an invaluable source of information.

Pregones Theatre

A Theatre for Social Change in the South Bronx

Author: Eva Cristina Vásquez

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317793811

Category: History

Page: 246

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First published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Brecht in Practice

Theatre, Theory and Performance

Author: David Barnett

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408186020

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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David Barnett invites readers, students and theatre-makers to discover new ways of apprehending and making use of Brecht in this clear and accessible study of Brecht's theories and practices. The book analyses how Brecht's ideas can come alive in rehearsal and performance, and reveals just how carefully Brecht realized his vision of a politicized, interventionist theatre. What emerges is a nuanced understanding of Brecht's concepts, his work with actors and his approaches to directing. The reader is encouraged to engage with his method which sought to 'make theatre politically', in order to appreciate the innovations he introduced into his stagecraft. Barnett provides many examples of how Brecht's ideas can be staged, and the final chapter takes a closer look at two very different plays: one written by Brecht and one by a playwright with no acknowledged connection to Brecht. Through an interrogation of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and Patrick Marber's Closer, Barnett asks how a Brechtian approach can enliven and illuminate production.

Fifty Key Theatre Directors

Author: Shomit Mitter

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415187329

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 286

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Discusses each director's key productions, ideas and rehearsal methods, combining theory and practice.

Bertolt Brecht.

Author: Steve Giles,Rodney Livingstone

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789042003095

Category: Social Science

Page: 260

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The publication of this volume of essays marks the centenary of the birth of Bertolt Brecht on 10 February 1898. The essays were commissioned from scholars and critics around the world, and cover six main areas: recent biographical controversies; neglected theoretical writings; the semiotics of Brechtian theatre; new readings of classic texts; Brecht's role and reception in the GDR; and contemporary appropriations of Brecht's work. This volume will be essential reading for all those interested in twentieth century theatre, modern German studies, and the contemporary reassessment of post-war culture in the wake of German unification and the collapse of Stalinist communism in Central and Eastern Europe. The essays in this volume also address a variety of general questions, concerning - for example - authorship and textuality; the nature of Brecht's Marxism in relation to his understanding of modernity, science and Enlightenment reason; Marxist aesthetics; radical cultural politics; and feminist performance theory.

Adaptations of Shakespeare

An Anthology of Plays from the 17th Century to the Present

Author: Daniel Fischlin,Mark Fortier

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134692099

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 328

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Shakespeare's plays have been adapted or rewritten in various, often surprising, ways since the seventeenth century. This groundbreaking anthology brings together twelve theatrical adaptations of Shakespeares work from around the world and across the centuries. The plays include The Woman's Prize or the Tamer Tamed John Fletcher The History of King Lear Nahum Tate King Stephen: A Fragment of a Tragedy John Keats The Public (El P(blico) Federico Garcia Lorca The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui Bertolt Brecht uMabatha Welcome Msomi Measure for Measure Charles Marowitz Hamletmachine Heiner Müller Lears Daughters The Womens Theatre Group & Elaine Feinstein Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief Paula Vogel This Islands Mine Philip Osment Harlem Duet Djanet Sears Each play is introduced by a concise, informative introduction with suggestions for further reading. The collection is prefaced by a detailed General Introduction, which offers an invaluable examination of issues related to

The Lost One

A Life of Peter Lorre

Author: Stephen D. Youngkin

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813137004

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 680

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Often typecast as a menacing figure, Peter Lorre achieved Hollywood fame first as a featured player and later as a character actor, trademarking his screen performances with a delicately strung balance between good and evil. His portrayal of the child murderer in Fritz Lang's masterpiece M (1931) catapulted him to international fame. Lang said of Lorre: "He gave one of the best performances in film history and certainly the best in his life." Today, the Hungarian-born actor is also recognized for his riveting performances in The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934), The Maltese Falcon (1941), and Casablanca (1942). Lorre arrived in America in 1934 expecting to shed his screen image as a villain. He even tried to lose his signature accent, but Hollywood repeatedly cast him as an outsider who hinted at things better left unknown. Seeking greater control over his career, Lorre established his own production company. His unofficial "graylisting" by the House Committee on Un-American Activities, however, left him with little work. He returned to Germany, where he co-authored, directed, and starred in the film Der Verlorene (The Lost One) in 1951. German audiences rejected Lorre's dark vision of their recent past, and the actor returned to America, wearily accepting roles that parodied his sinister movie personality.The first biography of this major actor, The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre draws upon more than three hundred interviews, including conversations with directors Fritz Lang, Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, John Huston, Frank Capra, and Rouben Mamoulian, who speak candidly about Lorre, both the man and the actor. Author Stephen D. Youngkin examines for the first time Lorre's pivotal relationship with German dramatist Bertolt Brecht, his experience as an émigré from Hitler's Germany, his battle with drug addiction, and his struggle with the choice between celebrity and intellectual respectability.Separating the enigmatic person from the persona long associated with one of classic Hollywood's most recognizable faces, The Lost One is the definitive account of a life triumphant and yet tragically riddled with many failed possibilities.