Post-Imperial Brecht: Politics and Performance, East and South

Post-Imperial Brecht: Politics and Performance, East and South

by Loren Kruger, Kruger Loren
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521036577

ISBN-13: 9780521036573

Pub. Date: 07/01/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Post-Imperial Brecht challenges prevailing views of Brecht's theatre and politics. Most political theatre critics place Brecht between West and East in the Cold War, and a few have recently explored Brecht's impact as a Northern writer on the global South. Loren Kruger is the first to argue that Brecht's impact as a political dramatist, director, and theoretical…  See more details below

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Post-Imperial Brecht challenges prevailing views of Brecht's theatre and politics. Most political theatre critics place Brecht between West and East in the Cold War, and a few have recently explored Brecht's impact as a Northern writer on the global South. Loren Kruger is the first to argue that Brecht's impact as a political dramatist, director, and theoretical writer makes full sense only when seen in a post-imperial framework that links the East/West axis between US capitalism and Soviet communism with the North/South axis of postcolonial resistance to imperialism. This framework highlights Brecht's arguments with theorists like Benjamin, Bloch, and Lukacs. It also shows surprising connections between socialist East Germany, where Brecht's 1950s projects impressed the emerging Heiner Muller, and apartheid-era South Africa, where Brecht's work appeared on the apartheid as well as anti-apartheid stage. Brecht also shaped the work of South Africa's Athol Fugard whose work reappeared in state and dissident theatres in East Germany. The book concludes with a reflection on Brechtian aspects of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission and introduces new more precise translations of key Brechtian terms.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521036573
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/01/2008
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Modern Theatre Series
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1The political history of theatre and theory : Brecht and his contemporaries19
2Realism, socialism, and modernism in the production play56
3Broadcasting (a)socialism : Brecht, Muller, and Radio Fatzer133
4Specters and speculation : Brechtian futures on the glocal market171
5The dis-illusion of apartheid : Brecht and South Africa215
6"Realistic engagement" and the limits of solidarity : Athol Fugard in (East) Germany281
7Truth, reconciliation, and the ends of political performance337

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