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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V, Si/ Introduction vii SAINT JOAN OF THE STOCKYARDS I NOTES AND
VARIANTS Texts by Brecht (a) Preliminary Note to the Stage Script 115 (b) Note
to Saint Joan of the Stockyards 1 16 (c) Meaning of Saint Joan of the Stockyards
118 (d) ...
A first, largely complete version of Saint Joan of the Stockyards was hammered
out in the course of 1930, in between work on the Lehrstiicke and the film of The
Threepenny Opera; and with this the collective's long search for the major play at
Investigating the effectiveness of behaviour such as that of Joan and Mauler in
our own time is unquestionably the enterprise of a realist, even when the field
where it all happens is artificially constructed. (e) Notes to Saint Joan of the ...