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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Don't you approve? slift: He saw a steer being slaughtered and resolved To
slaughter the wealthy Cridle Instead of the poor steer. Wasn't that right? The
packers laugh. mauler: Laugh and be damned. It doesn't bother me. ment in the
Laughter. THE STOCKBREEDERS: We stockbreeders see nothing to laugh
about! Summer and winter at the mercy of the weather, we are Much closer to the
old-time God. joan: And now for a parable. Suppose a man builds a dam against
How do you expect to raise it? slift: Well, all you have to do now is find somebody
to give it to you. snyder: I suppose so. meyers: It won't be easy. graham: Admit
that Pierpy has the livestock. slift (laughing): They're all scoundrels, Mr Snyder.