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  • 20 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 414 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.72 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 832/.912
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: PT2603.R397 Z74446 2004
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Brecht, Bertolt,--1898-1956--Criticism and interpretation
    • Brecht, Bertolt,--1898-1956--Political and social views
    • Brecht, Bertolt,--1898-1956--Appreciation--South Africa

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521817080 | ISBN-10: 0521817080)

  • Also available in Paperback
  • Published September 2004

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Challenging prevailing views of Brecht's theater and politics, Loren Kruger focuses much of her analysis on regions where Brecht has had special resonance, including East Germany and South Africa. She also analyzes political interpretations of Brecht in light of other key dramatists, including Heiner MÜller and Athol Fugard, as well as Brechtian influence on writers and philosophers such as Adorno, Benjamin, and Barthes.


List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction; 1. The political history of theatre and theory: Brecht and his contemporaries; 2. Realism, socialism and modernism in the production play; 3. Broadcasting (a)socialism: Brecht, Müller and Radio Fatzer; 4. Spectres and speculation: Brechtian futures on the global market; 5. The dis-illusion of apartheid: Brecht and South Africa; 6. 'Realistic Engagement' and the limits of solidarity: Athol Fugard in (East) Germany; 7. Truth, reconciliation and the ends of political performance; Coda; Index.

Prize Winner

2005 Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literary Studies of the Modern Language Association


"Of particular worth in Kruger's work is that her assertions, with regard to performance in general, are all thoroughly grounded...Krueger's analysis of Brecht's and Fugard's dramatic works highlights their syncretic and dialectical nature...It should be read by all who are interested in Brecht's theater and theater arts and history, by arts administrators, actors, and directors, as well as by academics."
Paula Hanssen, German Studies Review

" important contribution to Brecht scholarship, and to the scholrship of progressive political theater in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It uncovers worlds that are frequently ignored or glossed over in the United States and English- language scholarship, and it provides clear account of key terms and developments in Brecht's theories that are not easily available elsewhere..."
--Stephen Brockmann, Carnegie Mellon University, Comparative Drama

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