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Lecture 19 - • Example of deliberate fragmentation...

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Lecture 19 Mother Courage and Her Children o V-effects – alienation effects o Narrative form – way the plot unfolds, aware of the presence of the playwright, and more reporting like by asserting Brechts presence throughout o Ironies in structure – mother courage’s quote about what is was but a business of trading but instead of trading boots trading blood o Dialectics in characters – options of this and then that o Role of emotion –healthy balance between our thought processes and emotional responses as an audience member Director Erwin Piscator -- Hoopla, we live (1927) o Moved away from creating a credible, realistic stage world o The stage is more a simulation than an imitation o Utilizes theatre’s artificiality o Bare bones production – wagon on stage, supertitle and flag to tell where the action is taking place
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Unformatted text preview: • Example of deliberate fragmentation “Battleship Potemkin” (1925) Segei Eisenstein was the director fracture nature represented in film and in brecht’s work in Mother Courage • Vocabulary o Epic theatre o Verfremdung o Verfremdungseffekt o Montage – breaking away from smooth steady flow, focusing on the means of artistic creation o Dialectics – inconsistencies • Example: The Great Dictator (1940) – inconsistencies in main character like in Mother Courage • Mother Courage is dependent upon the war but she wants to live off the war and not be affected by it o War warps society, all children die for their positive qualities but Mother Courage pulls the wagon herself and chases after the army one more time – she hasn’t learned her lesson •...
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