Saint Joan of the Stockyards
Bloomsbury Academic, 01.12.2010 - 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.
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Factory foodstuffs , battery feeding , artificial additives and adulteration have
become topical issues ; industrial accidents have changed character but are no
less dangerous for that ; pollution of the environment is a widespread concern
Before the world can be changed Man must be changed . Just a moment . ( He
speaks to Slift in an undertone . ) Get her alone and slip her some more money .
Tell her it ' s for her poor , so she can take it without Blushing , but then see what ...
9 ( f ) also is barely changed , apart from the resetting of some verse passages to
read as prose . In 9 ( 8 ) , the Stockyards , the exchanges between Joan and the
Reporters are new , and lead into her speech about the system ' which was ...