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Post-Imperial Brecht
Politics and Performance, East and South

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  • Date Published: May 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521036573

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About the Authors
  • Challenging prevailing views of Brecht's theater and politics, Loren Kruger focuses much of her analysis on regions where Brecht has had special resonance, including East Germany and South Africa. She also analyzes political interpretations of Brecht in light of other key dramatists, including Heiner MÜller and Athol Fugard, as well as Brechtian influence on writers and philosophers such as Adorno, Benjamin, and Barthes.

    • Provides translations of key Brechtian terms and Brecht's critical revision of Adorno
    • An alternative post-imperial orientation of theatre and cultural history to highlight the Eastern and Southern poles of the usual East/West (Cold War), North/South (post-colonial) oppositions
    • Examines Brecht in South Africa and Athol Fugard in Germany
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    • Winner of the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literary Study awarded by the Modern Language Association.

    Reviews & endorsements

    "Of particular worth in Kruger's work is that her assertions, with regard to performance in general, are all thoroughly grounded...Krueger's analysis of Brecht's and Fugard's dramatic works highlights their syncretic and dialectical nature...It should be read by all who are interested in Brecht's theater and theater arts and history, by arts administrators, actors, and directors, as well as by academics."
    Paula Hanssen, German Studies Review

    " important contribution to Brecht scholarship, and to the scholrship of progressive political theater in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It uncovers worlds that are frequently ignored or glossed over in the United States and English- language scholarship, and it provides clear account of key terms and developments in Brecht's theories that are not easily available elsewhere..."
    --Stephen Brockmann, Carnegie Mellon University, Comparative Drama

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521036573
    • length: 416 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.628kg
    • contains: 20 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of abbreviations
    1. The political history of theatre and theory: Brecht and his contemporaries
    2. Realism, socialism and modernism in the production play
    3. Broadcasting (a)socialism: Brecht, Müller and Radio Fatzer
    4. Spectres and speculation: Brechtian futures on the global market
    5. The dis-illusion of apartheid: Brecht and South Africa
    6. 'Realistic Engagement' and the limits of solidarity: Athol Fugard in (East) Germany
    7. Truth, reconciliation and the ends of political performance

  • Author

    Loren Kruger, University of Chicago
    Loren Kruger is a graduate of the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and Cornell University, and teaches the history and theory of drama and other cultural forms at the University of Chicago. She is the author of The National Stage (1992) and The Drama of South Africa (1999), and the editor of Lights and Shadows: The Autobiography of Leontine Sagan (1996), and of South African special issues of Theatre Journal and Theatre Research International.


    • Winner of the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literary Study awarded by the Modern Language Association.

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