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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Finally there are Mauler's Goethe allusions after Joan's death, bearing out the
play's intention (as a covering note of 1932 has it) 'to show the present stage of
development of Faustian Man' - the divided character so often found in Brecht's ...
other stanzas as a counterpoint to Joan's speeches, thus after 'entrusted to me'
on p. 104:] So at last we're almost there So we fold our hands in prayer May God
bless us every day Moth-like by His light attracted. As a human here she acted So
Other touches are introduced to emphasise Joan's failure to deliver the workers'
letter of warning during the strike. Not all Joan's hesitations are new, however,
nor every reference to Communism or Bolschewismus; some are suggested in