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Brecht on Theatre: The Development of an Aesthetic

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This volume offers a major selection of Bertolt Brecht's groundbreaking critical writing. Here, arranged in chronological order, are essays from 1918 to 1956, in which Brecht explores his definition of the Epic Theatre and his theory of alienation-effects in directing, acting, and writing, and discusses, among other works, The Threepenny Opera, Mahagonny, Mother Courage, Puntila, and Galileo. Also included is "A Short Organum for the Theatre," Brecht's most complete exposition of his revolutionary philosophy of drama.

Translated and edited by John Willett, Brecht on Theater is essential to an understanding of one of the twentieth century's most influential dramatists.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 284-285) and index.

About the Author

Bertolt Bertolt (1898-1956) was the most influential German dramatist and theoretician of the theater in the 20th century. Also a poet of formidable gifts and considerable output, Brecht first attracted attention in the Berlin of the 1920s as the author of provocative plays that challenged the tenets of traditional theater. Forced to flee Germany in 1933 because of his leftist political beliefs and opposition to the Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler, Brecht and his family spent 14 years in exile in Scandinavia and the United States. Although he tried hard to become established in the United States, Brecht failed to make a breakthrough either as a scriptwriter in Hollywood, California, or as a playwright on Broadway. Two years later he moved to East Berlin and remained there until his death. In the 1950s he became an internationally acclaimed playwright and director through productions of his plays by the Berliner Ensemble, a company based in East Berlin and headed by his wife, actor Helene Weigel.

John Willett (1917-2002) was a noted scholar, author and translator. From the outset he was the prime editor and translator (with Ralph Manheim and others) behind Brecht in English. He was involved in the planning and translation of the programme book for the Berliner Ensemble's celebrated first visit to London in 1956 (the year of Brecht's own death); in 1959 he published the first general study in any language, The Theatre of Bertolt Brecht; he translated, edited and introduced the enormously influential Brecht on Theatre (1964); and he was a founding member of the International Brecht Society and sometime editor of its Yearbook.

Table of Contents

Introduction

PART ONE 1918-1982

Frank Wedekind

A Reckoning

Emphasis on Sport

Three Cheers for Shaw

Conversation with Bert Brecht

A Radio Speech

Shouldn't we Abolish Aesthetics?

The Epic Theatre and its Difficulties

Last Stage: Oedipus

A Dialogue about Acting

On Form and Subject-Matter

An Example of Paedagogics

The Modem Theatre is the Epic Theatre

The Literarization of the Theatre

The Film, the Novel and Epic Theatre

The Radio as an Apparatus of Communication

The Question of Criteria for Judging Acting

Indirect Impact of the Epic Theatre

PART TWO 1988-1947

Interview with an Exile

Theatre for Pleasure or Theatre for Instruction

The German Drama: pre-Hitler

Criticism of the New York Production of Die Mutter

On the Use of Music in an Epic Theatre

Alienation Effects in Chinese Acting

Notes to Die Rundköpfe und die Spitzköpfe

On Gestic Music

The Popular and the Realistic

CONTENTS

On Rhymeless Verse with Irregular Rhythms

The Street Scene

On Experimental Theatre

New Technique of Acting

Two Essays on Unprofessional Acting

Notes on the Folk Play

Alienation Effects in the Narrative Pictures of the Elder Brueghel

A Little Private Tuition for my Friend Max Gorelik

Building up a Part: Laughton's Galileo

'Der Messingkauf': an editorial note

PART THREE 1947-1948

A Short Organum for the Theatre

PART FOUR 1948-1966

Masterful Treatment of a Model

From the Mother Courage Model

Does Use of the Model Restrict the Artist's Freedom?

Formal Problems Arising from the Theatre's New Content

Stage Design for the Epic Theatre

From a Letter to an Actor

Some of the Things that can be Learnt from Stanislavsky

Theaterarbeit: an editorial note

Notes on Erwin Strittmatter's Play Katzgraben

Study of the First Scene of Shakespeare's Coriolanus

Cultural Policy and Academy of Arts

Conversation about being Forced into Empathy

Classical Status as an Inhibiting Factor

Can the Present-day World be Reproduced by Means of Theatre?

Appendices to the 'Short Organum'

'Dialectics in the Theatre': an editorial note

Our London Season

Other English Translations

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780809005420
Translator:
Willett, John
Author:
Brecht, Bertolt
Translator:
Willett, John
Author:
Willett, John
Author:
Giles, Steve
Author:
Silberman, Marc
Author:
Kuhn, Tom
Publisher:
Hill & Wang
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Theater
Subject:
Drama
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Theater - History & Criticism
Subject:
Theater - Aesthetics
Subject:
Drama -- History and criticism.
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2nd ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
103-193
Publication Date:
19640131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

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