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Bryant-Bertail, Sarah
Space and time in epic theater : the Brechtian legacy / Sarah Bryant-Bertail
Rochester, NY : Camden House, 2000
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Subject(s) European drama -- 20th century -- History and criticism
European drama -- 19th century -- History and criticism
Space and time in literature
Subject Brecht, Bertolt, 1898-1956 -- Influence
Physical Description 245 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [221]-237) and index
Review "Epic practice is examined in relation to the history of the concepts of space and time, but the heart of the book is its historical, socio-critical, and semiotic analyses of productions in the epic mode: Hasek's The Good Soldier Schwejk, directed by Piscator; Mother Courage, written and directed by Brecht; Lenz's The Tutor, directed by Brecht; Ibsen's Peer Gynt, productions directed by Peter Stein and Rustom Bharucha; Buchner's Leon and Lena (& lenz), directed by JoAnne Akalaitis; and Les Atrides (The House of Atreus) from Aeschylus and Euripides, directed by Ariane Mnouchkine. For scholars and artists as well as non-theater-experts this study offers a deeper understanding of representation on the stage, with relevance also for the other arts, the mass media, and cyberspace."--BOOK JACKET
Contents Introduction: spatio-temporality as sign in epic theater -- 1. Theater for the age of mechanical warfare: Piscator directs The Good Soldier Schwejk -- 2. Into the whirlwind: Brecht directs Mother Courage -- 3. Gestic writing and the true-real body: Brecht adapts The Tutor -- 4. Peer Gynt as epic theater: Peter Stein in Berlin and Rustom Bharucha in India -- 5. JoAnne Akalaitis's postmodern epic staging of Leon and Lena -- 6. Gender, empire and body politic: Ariane Mnouchkine's Les Atrides -- Afterword: epic theater and the imagination of history
Series Studies in German literature, linguistics, and culture (Unnumbered)

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