Brecht's Reception in Brazil

Brecht's Reception in Brazil

by Lorena B. Ellis
     
 

The search for an explanation for Bertolt Brecht's popularity in Brazil begins in 1500 A.D. with the country's colonization and follows the trends in Brazilian theater that prepared the ground for his reception. This panoramic view accompanies insights into why Brecht's influence, unlike that of other foreign playwrights, was received not as a threat but as a

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The search for an explanation for Bertolt Brecht's popularity in Brazil begins in 1500 A.D. with the country's colonization and follows the trends in Brazilian theater that prepared the ground for his reception. This panoramic view accompanies insights into why Brecht's influence, unlike that of other foreign playwrights, was received not as a threat but as a contribution to the national theater of Brazil, and why in the 1960s he ultimately became the country's most frequently staged foreign author.

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«For Brecht scholars the value of Lorena Ellis' study lies in its careful documentation of a re-reading of Brecht's work in a setting far removed from its original cultural context. Ellis' study makes apparent the non-colonizing way in which Brecht's theatre interacts with a highly developed and sophisticated local theatre tradition. Brecht and Brazilian theatre appear as equal partners in an evolving collaboration that changes Brazil's theatre as well as the way Brecht is staged/read in the 'first world'». (Robert Cohen, New York University)
Booknews
Documents how the work of German playwright Bertolt Brecht (1898- 1956) was welcomed by the Brazilian theater community and by the 1960s had become the most staged foreign plays. Lays a groundwork by reviewing Brecht's influence on theater worldwide and the concern of Latin American theater in general with social awareness. Then traces the course of Brazilian theater from the colonization in 1500 to the arrival of Brecht's work, and describes the contemporary scene and the staging of Brecht's plays in Brazil. Appendices provide quantitative and chronological information. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820425061
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/01/1995
Series:
Wor(l)ds of Change: Latin American and Iberian Literature Series , #7
Pages:
196

Meet the Author

The Author: Lorena B. Ellis received her B.A. in Brazilian, German and English Literature from Universidade de São Paulo and her Ph.D. in German Language and Literature from New York University. As she is a native Brazilian, her knowledge of the country and its language facilitated communication with experts in the field, and research in general, enriching the results of the study.

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