The Cambridge Companion to Brecht (Google eBook)

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Peter Thomson, Glendyr Sacks
Cambridge University Press, Dec 21, 2006 - Drama - 302 pages
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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 Lehrstücke. 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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Contents

Brechts Germany 18981933
3
Brechts lives
22
Brecht and cabaret
40
THE PLAYS
63
Brechts early plays
65
The Threepenny Opera
78
Brechts clowns Man is Man and after
90
Learning for a new society the Lehrstück
101
Brecht and the Berliner Ensemble the making of a model
175
Revolutionising theatre Brechts reinvention of the dramaturg
193
Key words in Brechts theory and practice of theatre
209
Brechts poetry
225
Brecht and music theory and practice
242
Brecht and stage design the Bühnenbildner and the Bühnenbauer
259
Actors on Brecht
278
Brecht and film
297

The Good Person of Szechwan
118
Mother Courage and Her Children
132
Life of Galileo between contemplation and the command to participate
143
The Caucasian Chalk Circle the view from Europe
160
THEORIES AND PRACTICES
173

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About the author (2006)

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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