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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For seven days now the snow has been falling on them And the selfsame snow
that is killing them hides Them from every human eye . For shame , that I forgot
So easily what everyone likes to forget , for the sake of his peace of mind !
For three days striding downward She weakened on the third day and in the end
was Engulfed by the swamp . Say : It was too cold . She stands up and goes
away . Snow is falling . MRS LUCKERNIDDLE ( comes back ) : Nothing but lies !
Shopkeepers Stuck for Rent ! Who ' s Cornering the Stock ? Mauler Interviewed –
Does Not Know Secret Buyer ! ' Snow Coming ! Chicago Under Snow ! p . 65 ,
before ' Joan ' s Third Descent into the Depths ' : ' Storm at Livestock Exchange !
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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