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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MAULER : Very well , tell them that I ' ll see them . But tell them too that they are
not to say A single word unless I ask them first . I want no tears or hymns
Especially no maudlin blubber . Also tell them Their best advantage lies in
Impressing me ...
THE YOUNG FELLOW : Oh please sir , don ' t tell anybody . I ' ll take them right off
. I ' m in a bad way . Last year the twenty cents extra they pay in the fertilizer
cellars tempted me to work on the bone mill . It affected my lungs and gave me an
SNYDER : Do you imagine we can pick and choose our benefactors ? And you
so insistent on humility . The new tunic is brought in . SNYDER : Sh . The staff
mustn ' t know about this . I was meaning to tell you . They put the new tunic on
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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