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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Do you even realize that you've just bought up all the canned meat in existence?
I see, Mauler, that you're busy ... I'm ruined. slift: What have your friends in New
York been writing? mauler: That I should buy meat. \ . ft slift: Do what? mauler: ...
They only need To buy up meat wherever they find it Convince the breeders that
there's too much meat Point out in passing how Lennox was laid low and Buy up
their meat. That's the main thing Buy up their meat. But that of course is cheating
Who's going to eat the meat we took off your hands now? Who did we buy the
meat for if the customer can't pay? joan: It's bad enough that you should own the
tools of the workers you employ in those great big factories of yours. But if that's