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Cambridge Companions to Literature : The Cambridge Companion to Brecht - Peter Thomson

Cambridge Companions to Literature

The Cambridge Companion to Brecht

By: Peter Thomson (Editor), Glendyr Sacks (Editor)

Paperback Published: 21st December 2006
ISBN: 9780521673846
Number Of Pages: 366

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This updated Companion offers students crucial guidance on virtually every aspect of the work of this complex and controversial writer. It brings together the contrasting views of major critics and active practitioners, and this edition introduces more voices and themes. The opening essays place Brecht's creative work in its historical and biographical context and are followed by chapters on single texts, from The Threepenny Opera to The Caucasian Chalk Circle, on some early plays and on the Lehrstucke. Other essays analyse Brecht's directing, his poetry, his interest in music and his work with actors. This revised edition also contains additional essays on his early experience of cabaret, his significance in the development of film theory and his unique approach to dramaturgy. A detailed calendar of Brecht's life and work and a selective bibliography of English criticism complete this provocative overview of a writer who constantly aimed to provoke."

List of illustrationsp. ix
Notes on contributorsp. xi
A Brecht calendarp. xv
A note on titlesp. xxvi
Prefacep. xxvii
Context and Life
Brecht's Germany: 1898-1933p. 3
Brecht's livesp. 22
Brecht and cabaretp. 40
The Plays
Brecht's early playsp. 65
The Threepenny Operap. 78
Brecht's clowns: Man is Man and afterp. 90
Learning for a new society: the Lehrstuckp. 101
The Good Person of Szechwanp. 118
Mother Courage and Her Childrenp. 132
Life of Galileo: between contemplation and the command to participatep. 143
The Caucasian Chalk Circle: the view from Europep. 160
Theories and Practices
Brecht and the Berliner Ensemble - the making of a modelp. 175
Revolutionising theatre: Brecht's reinvention of the dramaturgp. 193
Key words in Brecht's theory and practice of theatrep. 209
Brecht's poetryp. 212
Brecht and music: theory and practicep. 242
Brecht and stage design: the Buhnenbildner and the Buhnenbauerp. 259
Actors on Brechtp. 278
Brecht and filmp. 297
Bibliographyp. 318
Index of works by Brechtp. 325
General indexp. 327
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ISBN: 9780521673846
ISBN-10: 0521673844
Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 366
Published: 21st December 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised