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Brecht : The Dramatist - Ronald Gray


The Dramatist


Published: 20th September 1976
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In this 1976 introduction to Brecht's theatre and theory, Ronald Gray explores the dramatist's interacting roles as a committed Marxist seeking to influence audiences and as one of the most innovative craftsmen ever to work in the theatre. Dr Gray traces the development of Brecht's dramatic work in the context of his life and time and discussed its significance, devoting chapters to reappraisals of the major plays. Particular attention is paid to Brecht's dramatic theories and their relationship to Hegelian and Marxist philosophy, to the tradition of political theatre in Germany in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and to the influence Brecht had on English and American post-war drama. There are also detailed accounts of how many of the plays appeared in Brecht's own productions, and frequent references to actual performances in widely differing theatrical styles.

Marxism and political theatre
Early plays
Propagandist plays
Theories and practice
Exile and anti-Nazism
The Life of Galileo
Mother Courage
Puntila and The Caucasian Chalk Circle
Epilogue: Brecht and political theatre in America and Britain
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ISBN: 9780521290036
ISBN-10: 0521290031
Series: Major European Authors Series
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 242
Published: 20th September 1976
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.31