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The Caucasian Chalk Circle : Student Editions - Bertolt Brecht

The Caucasian Chalk Circle

By: Bertolt Brecht, Kristopher Imbrigotta (Editor), James Stern (Translator), Tania Stern (Translator), W. H. Auden (Translator)

Paperback | 17 June 2021 | Edition Number 2

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Brecht projects an ancient Chinese story onto a realistic setting in Soviet Georgia. In a theme that echoes the Judgment of Solomon, two women argue over the possession of a child. Thanks to the unruly judge, Azdak (one of Brecht's most vivid creations) natural justice is done and the peasant Grusha keeps the child she loves, even though she is not its mother.

Written while Brecht was in exile in the United States during the Second World War, The Caucasian Chalk Circle is a politically charged, much-revived and complex example of Brecht's epic theatre.

This new Student Edition contains introductory commentary and notes by Kristopher Imbriggota from the University of Puget Sound, US, offering a much-needed contemporary perspective on the play.

The introduction covers:
- narrative structure: play about a play within a play ("circle")
- songs and music
- justice and social systems
- context: Brecht, exile, WWII, socialism
- notions of collective and class
- fable and story adaptation, folk fairy tale

METHUEN DRAMA STUDENT EDITIONS are expertly annotated texts of a wide range of plays from the modern and classic repertoires. A well as the complete text of the play itself, this volume contains:

· A chronology of the play and the playwright's life and work
· an introductory discussion of the social, political, cultural and economic context in which the play was originally conceived and created
· a succinct overview of the creation processes followed and subsequent performance history of the piece
· an analysis of, and commentary on, some of the major themes and specific issues addressed by the text
· a bibliography of suggested primary and secondary materials for further study.

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