The Good Person Of Szechwan

Author: Bertolt Brecht
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472538188
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'Brecht's dark, dazzling world-view...makes an absolutely devastating impact. The play is fuelled by the brilliant perception that everyone requires such a dual or split personality to survive.' Evening Standard Three gods come to earth hoping to discover one really good person. No one can be found until they meet Shen Te, a prostitute with a heart of gold. Rewarded by the gods, she gives up her profession and buys a tabacco shop but finds it is impossible to survive as a good person in a corrupt world without the support of her ruthless alter ego Shui Ta. Brecht's parable of good and evil was first performed in 1943 and remains one of his most popular and frequently produced plays worldwide. This Student Edition features an extensive introduction and commentary that includes a plot summary, discussion of the context, themes, characters, style and language as well as questions for further study and notes on words and phrases in the text. It is the perfect edition for students of theatre and literature.

The Good Woman Of Setzuan

Author: Bertolt Brecht
Publisher: Penguin Modern Classics
ISBN: 9780141189178
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The Open Fist Theatre presents a re-imagined version of Bertolt Brecht's The Good Woman of Setzuan. Set in the imaginary city of Setzuan in pre-communist China, the play explores themes of good and evil, love and betrayal and male/female identity. The Brecht approach uses song, dance and style to create a humorous and provocative look at how humanity deals with love, money and social injustice.

Der Gute Mensch Von Sezuan Brechts Idee Vom Epischen Theater

Author: Andreas Posch
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 3656952590
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Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2014 im Fachbereich Germanistik - Neuere Deutsche Literatur, Note: 1,3, Universität zu Köln (IDSL I), Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: Bertolt Brechts internationaler Bekanntheitsgrad und seine herausragende Stellung in der deutschen Literatur beruhen vor allem auf seinem dramatischen Werk. Brecht entwickelte in den 1920er Jahren ein neues Leitmodell des Theaters, welches er später selbst als episches bzw. dialektisches Theater bezeichnete. Der Hauptgrund für die Erschaffung dieser neuen Form bestand darin, dass Brecht das Theater in seiner traditionellen Form nicht dazu in der Lage sah, die gesellschaftspolitischen Missstände angemessen darzustellen. Sein episches Theater war somit auch eine Reaktion auf das herkömmliche Illusionstheater nach Aristoteles. Doch wie gelingt Brecht die Desillusionierung des Zuschauers? Was genau macht sein episches Theater aus? Um diese Fragen zu beantworten, soll in der vorliegenden Arbeit auch kurz das klassische aristotelische Theater vorgestellt werden. Auf diese Weise kommen die Merkmale des epischen Theaters im anschließenden Vergleich noch besser zur Geltung. Danach wird mit „dem guten Menschen von Sezuan“ beispielhaft eines seiner berühmtesten Theaterstücke analysiert. Es wurde während seiner Zeit im Exil verfasst und stellt sowohl die typischen Merkmale des epischen Theaters als auch Brechts gesellschaftskritischen Grundsätze anschaulich dar. Inwieweit die epischen Elemente zum Einsatz kommen, ist Gegenstand der Untersuchung. Das Stück spiegelt Brechts intensive Auseinandersetzung mit den gesellschaftlichen Fragen der Zeit wieder und zeigt seine Kritik am kapitalistischen System. Um eine angemessene Interpretation des Stücks vorzunehmen, werden zunächst der Aufbau und die Personenkonstellation beschrieben. Anders als in seinen meisten anderen Dramen lässt Brecht in „Der gute Mensch von Sezuan“ die Lösung des Problems offen. Ob er sich damit selbst untreu geworden ist, soll im Verlauf der Dramenanalyse geklärt werden. Sie geht auch der Frage nach, wie aktuell die Thematik des Stücks ist und inwieweit es noch auf die heutigen Verhältnisse übertragen werden kann.

Saint Joan Of The Stockyards

Author: Bertolt Brecht
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408161907
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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.

The Translation Studies Reader

Author: Lawrence Venuti
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0415613477
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This text guides the reader through the varying approaches to translation studies in the latter half of the 20th century. Chronologically ordered and divided into clear sections, it collects together key essays, articles and book extracts.

Die Hauspostille

Author: Bertolt Brecht
Publisher: Grove Press
ISBN: 9780802132451
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Book jacket: Known primarily as a dramatist, Bertolt Brecht was also a gifted poet. These fifty poems--among them many ballads that later became part of The Threepenny Opera, Mahagonny, and Baal--reveal the tremendous range and versatility of Brecht's expression. His first and best book of poetry, Manual of Piety uses the traditional form of devotional literature to provide both an irreverant spoof and a serious critique of the post-World War I European (and more specifically, German) culture that gave rise to fascism. His characteristically sly wit combines with mordant social commentary to make Manual of Piety Brecht at his most hilarious--and also his most brutally incisive.

Mr Puntila And His Man Matti

Author: Bertolt Brecht
Publisher: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama
ISBN: 9781408100707
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Written in 1940 during Brecht's exile in Finland, Puntila is one of his greatest creations - to be ranked alongside Galileo and Mother Courage. A hard-drinking Finnish landowner, Puntila suffers from a divided personality: when drunk he is human and humane; when sober, surly and self-centred. The play contains some of the best comedy Brecht wrote for the theatre. This translation by John Willett is accompanied by Brecht's own notes and relevant texts, as well as an extensive introduction and commentary by John Willett and Ralph Manheim, editor's of Brecht's collected plays in English.

Tao Te Ching

Author: Laozi
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0060160012
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A new version of the classic "Book of the Way" provides a humorous manual on the art of living in keeping with the original sixth-century text