ENGL 230 - Lecture 18

ENGL 230 - Lecture 18 - ENGL 230 Lecture 18 Brecht German...

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ENGL 230 Lecture 18 Brecht German Epic Drama He was a Marxist and his work was banned by the Nazis Police would walk into rehearsals and stop the play He fled from Germany --> spent 50 years in exile Brecht focused a lot of his work on estrangement and alienation He eventually made it to the US and wanted to be a Hollywood playwright Because of his communist beliefs ended up going back to Germany Had a strong interest in politics Didn't like Aristotelian drama because it tried to put the audience in a trance like state He wanted a theatre that was aware of itself as theatre, was non escapist and tried to bring about political change He wanted to teach through asking questions that war brings about nothing Epic play o Episodic --> play takes place over 12 years in 12 scenes o Brecht wanted to narrate through a variety of viewpoints o In the street scene he compares it to 10 different people witnessing the same car crash o A totalitarian system works through very strong and negative linear feelings
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This note was uploaded on 12/17/2011 for the course ENGL 230 taught by Professor Hurley during the Fall '07 term at McGill.

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ENGL 230 - Lecture 18 - ENGL 230 Lecture 18 Brecht German...

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