The Cambridge Companion to Brecht [NOOK Book]

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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 Lehrst├╝cke. Other ...
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The Cambridge Companion to Brecht

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Overview

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 Lehrst├╝cke. 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781139817578
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/17/2012
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Peter Thomson is Professor of Drama at the University of Exeter.

Glendyr Sacks was formerly a lecturer in the Drama department at the University of Exeter.

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Table of Contents


List of illustrations     ix
Notes on contributors     xi
A Brecht calendar     xv
A note on titles     xxvi
Preface     xxvii
Context and Life
Brecht's Germany: 1898-1933   Eve Rosenhaft     3
Brecht's lives   Peter Thomson     22
Brecht and cabaret   Oliver Double   Michael Wilson     40
The Plays
Brecht's early plays   Tony Meech     65
The Threepenny Opera   Stephen McNeff     78
Brecht's clowns: Man is Man and after   Joel Schechter     90
Learning for a new society: the Lehrstuck   Roswitha Mueller     101
The Good Person of Szechwan   Christopher McCullough     118
Mother Courage and Her Children   Robert Leach     132
Life of Galileo: between contemplation and the command to participate   Cathy Turner     143
The Caucasian Chalk Circle: the view from Europe   Maria Shevtsova     160
Theories and Practices
Brecht and the Berliner Ensemble - the making of a model   Carl Weber     175
Revolutionising theatre: Brecht's reinvention of the dramaturg   Mary Luckhurst     193
Key words in Brecht's theory and practice of theatre   Peter Brooker     209
Brecht's poetry   Philip Thomson     212
Brecht and music: theory and practice   Kim H. Kowalke     242
Brecht and stage design: the Buhnenbildner and the Buhnenbauer   Christopher Baugh     259
Actors on Brecht   Margaret Eddershaw     278
Brecht and film   Martin Brady     297
Bibliography     318
Index of works by Brecht     325
General index     327
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