Brecht: Mother Courage and Her Children

This is the first comprehensive study in English of Brecht s Mother Courage in production Peter Thomson provides a detailed account of Brecht s own production in 1949 and then explores how the play has been transmitted from Joan Littlewood s production in 1956 to the Royal National Theatre in 1995 The book also examines interpretations by Judi Dench, Glenda Jackson, andThis is the first comprehensive study in English of Brecht s Mother Courage in production Peter Thomson provides a detailed account of Brecht s own production in 1949 and then explores how the play has been transmitted from Joan Littlewood s production in 1956 to the Royal National Theatre in 1995 The book also examines interpretations by Judi Dench, Glenda Jackson, and Richard Schechner, among others Seminal productions from the continent are also analyzed and a final chapter examines the play s influence on among others, Peter Brook, and highlights the new urgency of the text in light of the wars in former Yugoslavia and Uganda.
Brecht Mother Courage and Her Children This is the first comprehensive study in English of Brecht s Mother Courage in production Peter Thomson provides a detailed account of Brecht s own production in and then explores how the play ha

  • Title: Brecht: Mother Courage and Her Children
  • Author: Peter Thomson Michael Robinson Vivien Gardner
  • ISBN: 9780521597746
  • Page: 228
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Brecht: Mother Courage and Her Children”

    1. Pros: This book is a very valuable, thorough study of the history of productions of Mother Courage from the 1950's through 2000. Thomson is best when he's explaining Brecht's aesthetics and the ways those aesthetics were demonstrated in early productions of Mother C, especially the Berliner Ensemble's influential staging. If you're trying to understand the practical meaning of notoriously abstract terms like "gestus" and "v-effect," this is an excellent guide. I found the descriptions of the pro [...]

    2. Did you guys hear that war is bad? I know this play predates a lot of anti-war material, but feels derivative in 2016 nevertheless.

    3. New Plays exist to one side of literature; though "Mother Courage" is as great as "Huckleberry Finn" – with a similar structure – critics don’t mention it much. Also, there’s a prejudice against Brecht, which is shared by Eric Bentley, his translator. Bentley strongly implies in his introduction that Brecht is like Milton: an ideologue who tries to write one book and produces the opposite one. Mother Courage (the character) is intended as a cruel satire of capitalism, but emerges as an i [...]

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