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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In that same moment , I ' d be reduced to nothing And the falling rock would pass
right over me . Were it not so , the whole shebang would have to be destroyed
And rebuilt according to a different plan Based on a radical new concept of man ...
In view of the symptoms of an impending saturation of the market ( falling prices ,
heightened competition , the threat of protective tariffs in the adjoining states )
Pierpont Mauler decides to take his money out of the meat business . His shares
In the Versuche version the chorus is included , and is followed by an additional
episode ' Stockyards . Area outside the Lennox plant ' s warehouses ' , which
ends with Joan falling in a faint . In the Malik edition this episode becomes scene
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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