Cambridge Studies in Modern Theatre: Post-Imperial Brecht: Politics and Performance, East and South (Hardback)
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Cambridge Studies in Modern Theatre: Post-Imperial Brecht: Politics and Performance, East and South (Hardback)

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Hardback 414 Pages / Published: 19/08/2004
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Post-Imperial Brecht challenges prevailing views of Brecht's theatre and politics. Most political theatre critics place Brecht between West and East in the Cold War, and a few have recently explored Brecht's impact as a Northern writer on the global South. Loren Kruger is the first to argue that Brecht's impact as a political dramatist, director and theoretical writer makes full sense only when seen in a post-imperial framework that links the East/West axis between US capitalism and Soviet communism with the North/South axis of postcolonial resistance to imperialism. This framework highlights Brecht's arguments with theorists like Benjamin, Bloch, and Lukacs. It also shows surprising connections between socialist East Germany, where Brecht's 1950s projects impressed the emerging Heiner Muller, and apartheid-era South Africa, where his work appeared on the apartheid as well as anti-apartheid stage.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521817080
Number of pages: 414
Weight: 720 g
Dimensions: 229 x 157 x 33 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... the book presents a rich canvas of Brechtian theatre and presents material that is new, in a new way. Both Brecht scholars and scholars interested in political theatre (not only in the GDR and South Africa) will find this volume of great interest and offering a rewarding and complex analysis.' Monatshefte
'... stimulating ... Kruger helps open up fascinating territory with which we should all be better acquainted. ... Informative and thought-provoking ...' New Theatre Quarterly
'Kruger excellently explicates the plays she uses as textual representations for these culturally discursive movements. Each chapter is unpacked through the close analysis of multiple dramatic pieces or theoretical publications, and the even balance between the text and its contexts is maintained throughout.' Medienwissenschaft
'I particularly recommend reading the passages on Muller's plays and theatre productions ... The book provides valuable insight into complex socio-cultural realities and the 'real history' of Marxist-orientated critical intellectuals ... a highly recommendable contribution ...' African Theatre
"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
"...an 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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