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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Did you hear? He's bought it. brokers (in the rear, shouting through megaphones
): Pier- pont Mauler is propping up the meat market. He has contracted to buy up
the meat ring's entire stocks at the current price of fifty. In addition, he's buying ...
When in these burning Cities, amid the headlong streams of people Bellowing as
they tumble down to hell I hear a. voice like that, absurd Ijknow Butjitterly free
from best1ality I feel as if I'd been clouted on the backbone With a stick, like a ...
Now I hear that they're Still standing idle in the yards. Well, you'll regret it: I've
bought canned meat and I want it now. graham: We couldn't help it. Meat had
Vanished completely from the market! Five hundred steers at seventy-five!