Mother Courage and Her Children

Mother Courage and Her Children

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ISBN-13: 9781408125755
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 08/12/2010
Series: Modern Plays
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 644,103
Product dimensions: 4.99(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.34(d)

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A major dramatist of the twentieth century, Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) was the founder of one of the most influential theatre companies, the Berliner Ensemble, and the creator of some of the landmark plays of the twentieth century: The Threepenny Opera, Life of Galileo, Mother Courage and The Caucasian Chalk Circle. His plays and dramatic theory are central to the study of modern theatre.

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Mother Courage and Her Children 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
DCArchitect on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Brechtian theater is built on the concept that to much emotional response by the audience interferes with the social commentary of the work and ultimately decreases a work's ability to bring about social change.Brecht, writing during World War II, gives us a story of a woman who relies on a war that is killing her children to make a profit. A ringing condemnation of what Eisenhower would call the Military Industrial Complex.
ex_ottoyuhr on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I think we can all agree that the English-speaking world needs more 30 Years' War fiction, or else that I need to get much better at German. :)A really superb play -- but it's Brecht. It's hazardous for me to say this without having read all his works, but in my experience, you _can't_ go wrong with Brecht.
jorgearanda on LibraryThing 10 months ago
A fun and horrifying antiwar tragedy.
stephensoldner on LibraryThing 11 months ago
an excellent brecht play that, despite what some say of the nature of his plays, does have a fair amount of emotionalism in it, at least as far as the fate of the children goes (kattrin in particular). this doesn't take away at all from brecht's social statements, which are in full effect and as concrete as ever. plays allow more of a focus on character actions than prose, and this is very important for 'mother courage'.eric bentley's translations, i would assume, are excellent (considering how much brecht he has translated and the fact that he actually worked with brecht for several of his translations) and his introduction is insightful and helpful for anyone unfamiliar with brecht. brecht even has a few notes towards the end of this edition that also explain the character of mother courage and the play's theme in general.
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