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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Wait until we arrive ! Take courage now , my brothers , we ' ll see that you survive
! There ' s hope for every sinner You ' ll eat a decent dinner You have to stay alive
. So never say that nobody can change things That inequality is ours from birth ...
... s to blame for my sticking my hand in the tin cutting machine . There he sits ,
stuffing his belly . Let ' s make sure it ' s the last time he stuffs at our expense .
Better give me your blackjack . Mine looks too flimsy . SLIFT ( to Joan ) : Stay here
Are down below , and they will stay up top Only so long as the others stay down .
They ' d be On top no longer if the others , leaving their Old place , came up . And
so it is that those On top inevitably want those below to Stay there for all eternity ...
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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