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Lehrstück, Opera, and the New Audience Contract of the Epic Theater

Joy H. Calico

in Brecht at the Opera

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520254824
eISBN:
9780520942813
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520254824.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter argues that the primary goal of epic theater is the renegotiation of the audience's contract with the theater-going experience. Lehrstücke (learning plays) and opera occupy opposite ends ... More


Brecht at the Opera

Joy H. Calico

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520254824
eISBN:
9780520942813
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520254824.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This book looks at the German playwright's lifelong ambivalent engagement with opera. An ardent opera lover in his youth, Brecht later denounced the genre as decadent and irrelevant to modern society ... More


‘Epic’ Performances: From Brecht to Homer and Back

Fiona Macintosh

in Epic Performances from the Middle Ages into the Twenty-First Century

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780198804215
eISBN:
9780191842412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198804215.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This opening chapter explores what identifying ‘epic’ in performance entails. This is essential given Brecht’s avowedly anti-Aristotelian ‘Epic Theatre’, which is for the most part very far from what ... More


Epic Theater versus Film Noir: Bertolt Brecht and Fritz Lang’s Anti-Nazi Film Hangmen Also Die

Ehrhard Bahr

in Weimar on the Pacific: German Exile Culture in Los Angeles and the Crisis of Modernism

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520251281
eISBN:
9780520933804
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520251281.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

When American newspapers reported the assassination of SS-Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich in Prague in May 1942, Bertolt Brecht and Fritz Lang immediately seized upon the idea of writing a script ... More


Brecht in Hindi: The Poetics of Response

Vasudha Dalmia

in Poetics, Plays, and Performances: The Politics of Modern Indian Theatre

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195695052
eISBN:
9780199080335
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195695052.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Drama

Delineating the influence of Brecht’s theatre on the countries of the so-called Third World, this chapter compares the conventions between Brecht’s epic theatre and the north Indian folk form svang ... More


Mobilising Maurya: J. M. Synge, Bertolt Brecht and the Revolutionary Mother

Susan Cannon Harris

in Irish Drama and the Other Revolutions: Playwrights, Sexual Politics, and the International Left, 1892-1964

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781474424462
eISBN:
9781474434546
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474424462.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter examines the impact on modern drama of the establishment of the Soviet Union, through in-depth investigation of a special case: Bertolt Brecht’s transformation of J. M. Synge’s 1904 ... More


The Imperial Pilgrims' Progress: Ceremonies, Tourism, and Epic Theater at the Exhibitions

Peter H. Hoffenberg

in An Empire on Display: English, Indian, and Australian Exhibitions from the Crystal Palace to the Great War

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520218918
eISBN:
9780520922969
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520218918.003.0008
Subject:
History, World Modern History

This chapter describes the ceremonies, tourism, and epic theater at the exhibitions of the British Empire. It describes Lord George Nathaniel Curzon's combination of state ceremony, traditional arts, ... More


Of Guilt and Archetypes: Post-War Productions of Greek Tragedies in the 1940s and 1950s

Erika Fischer-Lichte

in Tragedy’s Endurance: Performances of Greek Tragedies and Cultural Identity in Germany since 1800

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
June 2017
ISBN:
9780199651634
eISBN:
9780191801440
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199651634.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Chapter 6, ‘Of Guilt and Archetypes: Post-War productions of Greek Tragedies in the 1940s and 1950s’, discusses three topics. The first centres on productions of Oedipus the King during the first ... More


Homer ‘Viewed from the Corridor’: Epic Refracted in Michael Tippett’s <i>King Priam</i>

Emily Pillinger

in Epic Performances from the Middle Ages into the Twenty-First Century

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780198804215
eISBN:
9780191842412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198804215.003.0020
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter explores how Tippett’s opera, King Priam, retells Homer’s Iliad by fracturing the epic narrative into distinct episodes and patterns which expose to the audience’s scrutiny the internal ... More


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