Saint Joan of the Stockyards
Bloomsbury Academic, 07.12.2010 - 160 Seiten
In this version of the story of Joan of Arc, Brecht transforms her into 'Joan Dark', a member of the 'Black Straw Hats' (a Salvation Army-like group) in twentieth century Chicago. The play charts Joan's battle with Pierpont Mauler, the unctuous owner of a meat-packing plant. Like her predecessor, Joan is a doomed woman, a martyr and (initially, at least) an innocent in a world of strike-breakers, fat cats, and penniless workers. Like many of Brecht's plays it is laced with humor and songs as part of its epic dramaturgical structure.
The play, which was never staged in Brecht's lifetime, is published here with a new translation, a full introduction and Brecht's own notes on the text.
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This scheme began roughly where In the Jungle of Cities had left off, with its early
twentieth-century Chicago setting, its Jungle metaphor, its sense of the great cold
city and even its brief introduction of the Salvation Army. But where such ...
It's as though Black, bellowing Chicago had swallowed her up. mauler: That
tickled me, the way she chucked you out Just like that. That girl's afraid of nothing.
If I had been there, she'd have driven me Out too. I like that. And I like that house
Police Chief Forsees Chicago Anarchy If Livestock Chaos Lasts!' p. 73, before 9(f
) 'Livestock Exchange': 'Amazing Sensation on Livestock Exchange!' 'Pierpont
Mauler's Giant Corner Sinks Packing Plants!' 'Bankrupting Threatens Major