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On Theatre Hardcover – 25 Apr 1974

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  • Hardcover: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Methuen Publishing Ltd (25 April 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0413308200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0413308207
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,854,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This important volume offers a major selection of Bertolt Brecht's groundbreaking critical writing. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) is acknowledged as one of the great dramatists whose plays, work with the Berliner Ensemble and writing have had a considerable influence on the theatre. His landmark plays include The Threepenny Opera and, while exiled from Germany and living in the USA, such masterpieces as The Life of Galileo, Mother Courage and The Caucasian Chalk Circle. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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This book is a vital source for anyone with an interest in Brecht's work.
It is subtitled "the development of an aesthetic," but this phrase seems to reduce the socio-political motivation of Brecht's work, when in fact this volume is evidence of a constant tension between Brecht's didactic intentions, his own pleasure in writing and the demands of the audience.
The texts are arranged chronologically. The central piece here is "A short Organum for the Theatre", in which Brecht outlines many of the techniques that have since been appropriated by artists, filmakers, playwrights; but the methodology is here placed concretely in a Marxist context.
The notion that a revolutionary theatre should portray not simply events, but the way they are constructed in the social field, and that producers should perform their own attitudes as a part of the wider society, is still fresh and vital today.
The range of texts is good and thorough, and most facets of Brecht's complex character are represented. This book should have a wider readership than Brecht scholars and students: it offers us perceptual tools for understanding the capitalist ideology. Thoroughly reccomended, with a nice cover and a very useful index.
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The synoptic paper at A Level is evil...but if you do well on the Brecht section, you have little to worry about. This book is superbly set out and its short chapters mean that even though challenging, it can become very manageable. The perfect supplement to the sometimes very vague drama and theatre studies red text book!
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I choose it bcz after Aristote heis the man who has put aside the traditioan views of drama and has incorporated the audience in the theatre. In his view the play is useless if it could'nt give social message orsharpen audience'sintelligence. i would recommend this book to all those who are directly or indirectly associated with theatre.
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His doctrine, his understanding of a new way to deal with audiences and the messages he is proposing.
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as a academic book for university great.
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