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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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 .
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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