Unformatted text preview: He wanted critical thinkers for his plays; wanted judgment epic theatres tries to: prevent spectators from identifying with characters b making them strange or alien reject man of Aristotles ideals, especially universality, fate, and catharsis; wanted people to go out after the show and do something about it in the world, not just i.e. crash on the couch refuse that anything is natural or inevitable emphasize historical and social context Epic Theatres Alienation effect In german: verfremdungseffekt Incorporated Marxist theory into drama. Ideas in interest in labor and in workers not separated from the context No suspension of disbelief! Expose hidden politics of realism...
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- Spring '07