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Re-interpreting Brecht : His Influence on Contemporary Drama and Film - Pia Kleber

Re-interpreting Brecht

His Influence on Contemporary Drama and Film

By: Pia Kleber (Editor), Colin Visser (Editor)

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Published: 18th May 1992
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This volume offers a fresh appraisal of the importance of Bertolt Brecht's theory and practice through the documentation of his influence on other dramatists and directors, the examination of how his plays have been interpreted on stage and how his theories have been modified by his followers, and through a selection of the most challenging recent critical approaches to his work. The collection is distinguished by the presence of established scholars in the field, and by a unique contribution from East Germany, including essays by Manfred Wekwerth, present director of the Berliner Ensemble, by Joachim Tenschert, its chief dramaturg and the person most closely associated with Brecht in his final years, and by Rolf Rohmer, former Artistic Director of the Deutsches Theater in East Berlin. The place of Brecht's work in the German, French and English theatre today is assessed by Klaus Volker, Brecht's biographer and general editor of his work, by Bernard Dort, and John Willett. Brecht's theatrical practice is examined by Martin Esslin and Maarten van Dijk. Productions of Mother Courage and Hamlet, directed by Benno Besson, Brecht's most brilliant follower, are examined; Brecht's influence on contemporary film criticism is the subject of a substantial contribution by Thomas Elsaesser; and his importance for feminist film and theatre is assessed. Finally, Eric Bentley, in a provocative essay, calls the whole idea of influence into question.

Acknowledgements
Notes on contributors
Introduction
Questions concerning
The origins, aims, and objectives of the Berliner Ensemble
Two generations of post-Brechtian playwrights in the German Democratic Republic
Productions of Brecht's plays on the West German stage, 1945-1986
Ups and downs of British
Crossing the desert: Brecht in France in the eighties
'His liberty is full of threats to all': Benno Besson's Helsinki Hamlet and Brecht's dialectical appropriation of classic texts
Blocking
Some reflections on Brecht and acting
Brechtian theory and American feminist theatre
The influence of Brecht on women's cinema in West Germany
From anti-illusionism to hyper-realism: Bertolt Brecht and contemporary film
The influence of
Notes
Index
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ISBN: 9780521429009
ISBN-10: 0521429005
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 236
Published: 18th May 1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.31