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.
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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MAULER : Doesn ' t it beat all records that I ' ve pulled Out of a thriving business
just because it ' s cruel ? Say it was right and meets with your approval . No , don '
t say anything . I know . I admit My act has brought misfortune on some people .
And take that dumb look off your faces , I know it ' s wrong to treat human beings
like cattle , but you aren ' t human beings , so get out of here and make it quick or
I ' ll clout you , don ' t try to hold me , I know what I ' m doing , I was ignorant too ...
People don ' t joke about things like that . MRS LUCKERNIDDLE : Don ' t be a
fool . You have no sense at all . You know why ? Because you haven ' t been
sitting out here in the cold long enough . ( She gets up . ) I ' m going over to our
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A collection of familiar and less familiar plays by Brecht. The short plays are quite amazing, as he manages to pack quite a story in a one-act structure. His use of symbolism and language is ... Vollständige Rezension lesen