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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When he left Reinhardt to set up as a freelance he was in the middle of revising
his early plays and poems, whether for publication or for production, and
resituating them in the tough new urban world to which he had moved; thus In the
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 ...
There was the setting of 'cold Chicago' which had served for In the Jungle and
the early 'Episde to the Chicagoans', starting - The laughter on the slave markets
of the continents Formerly confined to yourselves Must utterly have shaken you, ...