Brecht On Theatre

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Nov 20, 2014 - Performing Arts - 344 pages
Brecht on Theatre is a seminal work that has remained the classic text for readers and students wanting a rich appreciation of the development of Brecht's thinking on theatre and aesthetics. First published in 1964 and on reading lists ever since, it has now been wholly revised, re-edited and expanded with additional texts, illustrations and editorial material, and new translations. The resulting work is a far fuller and more accurate volume that will provide readers with a clearer and more rewarding understanding of Brecht's work and writings.

This updated third edition features:

* Clearer layout and organisation of the text to facilitate study
* New translations of many of the Brechtian texts featured
* Over 40 new, previously untranslated essays
* Essay titles now correspond to the German originals
* A revised selection of illustrations

This selection of Bertolt Brecht's critical writing charts the development of his thinking on theatre and aesthetics over four decades. The volume demonstrates how the theories of Epic Theatre and Verfremdung evolved, and contains notes and essays on the staging of The Threepenny Opera, Mahagonny, Mother Courage, Puntila, Galileo and many others of his plays. Also included is 'Short Organon for the Theatre', Brecht's most complete statement of his revolutionary philosophy of the theatre.

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Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) is acknowledged as one of the great dramatists whose work has had a considerable influence on the theatre. His landmark plays include The Threepenny Opera, The Life of Galileo, and The Caucasian Chalk Circle.
Editors: Marc Silberman is Professor of German at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, USA. Steve Giles is Emeritus Professor of German Studies and Critical Theory at the University of Nottingham, UK. Tom Kuhn is Professor of 20th century German Literature at St Hugh's College, University of Oxford, UK, and General Editor of Bloomsbury Methuen Drama's Brecht publications.

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