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.
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The whole process depended to an unusual extent on collaboration and indeed
collective creation , and an impersonal collectivity became part of the spirit of the
time . Midway through those seven innovative years the political and economic ...
Today Mauler ' s shares are worth not ten but three millions , and the value of the
whole plant has fallen from thirty millions to ten millions . The exact same ten
millions that I owe Mauler and that he ' s demanding without delay . THE
The play claims to be necessary if one is to judge religious institutions and their
conduct ( e . g . the sect of the Black Straw Hats ) , or grasp such a movement as
a whole . This movement is shown as inherently full of contradictions .