Bertolt Brecht: Critical Anthology

Bertolt Brecht: Critical Anthology

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Bertolt Brecht is one of the most prolific and influential writer-directors of the twentieth century. This fascinating anthology brings together in one volume many of the most important articles written about Brecht between 1957 and 1997. The collection explores a wide range of viewpoints about Brecht's theatre theories and practice, as well as including three plays not otherwise available in English: The Beggar or The Dead Dog,
Baden Lehrstuck
and The Seven Deadly Sins of the Lower Middle Class.
Editors Martin and Bial have brought together a unique compendium which covers all the key areas including:
* the development of Brecht's aesthetic theories
* the relationship of Epic theatre to orthodox dramatic theatre
* Brecht's collaboration with Kurt Weill, Paul Dessau and Max
* Brecht's influence on a variety of cultures and contexts including England, Italy , Moscow and Japan.
Together these essays are an ideal companion to Brecht's plays, and provide an invaluable reconsideration of Brecht's work.
Contributors include: Werner Hecht, Mordecai Gorelik, Eric Bentley, Jean-Paul Sartre, Kurt Weill, Ernst Bloch, Darko Suvin, Carl Weber, Paul Dessau, Denis Calandra, W. Stuart
McDowell, Ernst Schmacher, Hans-Joachim Bunge, Martin Esslin, Artuto Lazzari, Tadashi Uchino, Diana Taylor, Elin Diamond, and Lee Baxandall.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415200431
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/16/1999
Series: Worlds of Performance Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Carol Martin is Associate Professor of Drama at New York University. Her books include Dance Marathons and A Sourcebook of Feminist Theatre and Performance. Henry Bial is an Instructor of Drama at New York University. He is currently writing his dissertation on Jewish culture in American Theatre, Film and Television.

Table of Contents



1. "On Chinese Acting"-Bertolt Brecht-translated by Eric Bentley

2. "Theatre for Learning"-Bertolt Brecht-translated by Edith Anderson

3. "An Epic Theatre Catechism"-Mordecai Gorelik

4. "Are Stanislavsky and Brecht Commensurable"-Eric Bentley

5. "Brecht's Concept of Gestus and the American Performance Tradition"-Carl Weber

6. "Beyond Bourgeois Theatre"-Jean-Paul Sartre-translated by Rima Dell Reck


7. "Gestus in music"-Kurt Weill-translated by Eric Albrecht

8. "Composing for BB: Some Comments"-Paul Dessau-translated by Hella Freud Bernays

9. "Actors on Brecht: The Munich Years"-W. Stuart McDowell

10. "Bertolt Brecht's J.B."-Lee Baxandall

11. "Baden Lehstruck"-Bertolt Brecht-translated by Lee Baxandall

12. "The Beggar or The Dead Dog"-Bertolt Brecht-translated by Michael Hamburger

13. "The Dialectics of Galileo"-Ernst Schumacher-translated by Joachim Neugroschel

14. "The Dispute Over the Valley: An Essay on Bertolt Brecht's Play The Caucasian Chalk Circle"-Hans-Joachim Bunge-translated by Bayard Q. Morgan

15. "Prologue to The Caucasian Chalk Circle"-Bertolt Brecht-translated by Eric Bentley


16. "Brecht and the English Theatre"-Martin Esslin

17. "The Death of Mother Courage"-Henry Glade

18. "Brecht and Chicano Theatre"-Barclay Goldsmith

19. "Brecht and Latin America's 'Theatre of Revolution'"-Diana Taylor

20. "Political Displacements: Toward Historicizing Brecht in Japan, 1932-1998"-Tadashi Uchino

21. "The Actor's Involvement: Notes on Brecht-An Interview with Joseph Chaikin"-Erica Munk

22. "Brechtian Theory and the American Feminist Theatre"-Karen Laughlin

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