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The Cambridge Companion to Brecht

The Cambridge Companion to Brecht

2nd Edition

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Glendyr Sacks, Eve Rosenhaft, Peter Thomson, Oliver Double, Michael Wilson, Tony Meech, Stephen McNeff, Joel Schechter, Roswitha Mueller, Christopher McCullough, Robert Leach, Catherine Turner, Maria Shevtsova, Carl Weber, Mary Luckhurst, Peter Brooker, Philip Thomson, Kim H. Kowalke, Christopher Baugh, Margaret Eddershaw, Martin Brady
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  • Date Published: January 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521857093

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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 Lehrstücke. 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.

    • Nineteen essays by leading scholars cover a wide range of subjects, including individual plays, Brecht's poetry and his contributions to dramatic theory and film
    • This updated edition includes new thinking and approaches to Brecht's work
    • Includes an annotated bibliography with suggestions for further reading
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    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: January 2007
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521857093
    • length: 368 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.71kg
    • contains: 30 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    A Brecht calendar Glendyr Sacks
    Preface
    Part I. Context and Life:
    1. Brecht's Germany:
    1898-1933 Eve Rosenhaft
    2. Brecht's Lives Peter Thomson
    3. Brecht and cabaret Oliver Double and Michael Wilson
    Part II. The Plays:
    4. Brecht's early plays Tony Meech
    5. The Threepenny Opera Stephen McNeff
    6. Brecht's clowns: Man is Man and after Joel Schechter
    7. Learning for a new society: the Lehrstück Roswitha Mueller
    8. The Good Person of Szechwan Christopher McCullough
    9. Mother Courage and Her Children Robert Leach
    10. Life of Galileo: between contemplation and the command to participate Catherine Turner
    11. The Caucasian Chalk Circle: the view from Europe Maria Shevtsova
    Part III. Theories and Practices:
    12. Brecht and the Berliner ensemble - the making of a model Carl Weber
    13. Revolutionising theatre: Brecht's reinvention of the dramaturgy Mary Luckhurst
    14. Key words in Brecht's theory and practice of theatre Peter Brooker
    15. Brecht's poetry Philip Thomson
    16. Brecht and music: theory and practice Kim H. Kowalke
    17. Brecht and stage design: the Bühnenbuildner and the Bühnenbauer Christopher Baugh
    18. Actors on Brecht Margaret Eddershaw
    19. Brecht and film Martin Brady
    Bibliography.

  • Editors

    Peter Thomson, University of Exeter
    Peter Thomson is Professor of Drama at the University of Exeter.

    Glendyr Sacks, University of Exeter
    Glendyr Sacks was formerly a lecturer in the Drama department at the University of Exeter.

    Contributors

    Glendyr Sacks, Eve Rosenhaft, Peter Thomson, Oliver Double, Michael Wilson, Tony Meech, Stephen McNeff, Joel Schechter, Roswitha Mueller, Christopher McCullough, Robert Leach, Catherine Turner, Maria Shevtsova, Carl Weber, Mary Luckhurst, Peter Brooker, Philip Thomson, Kim H. Kowalke, Christopher Baugh, Margaret Eddershaw, Martin Brady

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