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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Meanwhile Joan has motioned one of the detectives over to her and said
something to him. the detective: Mr Mauler, there are some people over there
who would like a word with you. mauler: A shabby bunch? Envious looking?
the detective: It's an organisation with numerous branches and a large
membership. The lower classes think the world of them and call them the
Soldiers of the Lord. mauler: I've heard of them. 'Soldiers of the Lord'; that's an
A man: There's one of them now. mauler: Well, what's the story? first detective (
reporting): The crowds, sir, reach farther than the eye can see. If one were to
shout the name of Joan, ten or a hundred might answer. Faceless and nameless,