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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This scheme began roughly where In the Jungle of Cities had left off , with its
early twentieth - century Chicago setting , its Jungle metaphor , its sense of the
great cold city and even its brief introduction of the Salvation Army . But where
writers at the new and openly Communist Piscatorbühne in the summer of 1927 ,
though its title appears among the projects that Piscator announced , along with a
couple of other unrealised Brecht schemes . What Piscator did however ...
... Burri and Hauptmann spent in the South of France at Le Lavandou ( where
much of the work on The Threepenny Opera had been done two years earlier ) ;
and it was not till after this that the Berlin magazine Tempo first publicised its
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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