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Brecht on Theatre: The Development of an Aesthetic Summary
Bertolt Brecht

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Brecht on Theatre: The Development of an Aesthetic Summary

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This collection of essays and writings by twentieth century theatre innovator Bertolt Brecht chronicles the development of his theories and practices, specifically as related to his socio-political philosophy of socialist enlightenment. The writings were created over a period of almost forty years and cover a number of important transitions in both his life and work. In addition to examining the question of theatre's role on society, they also explore the questions of the relationship between theory and practice and the use of the actor as a primary means of theatrical communication.

The collection begins with an introduction from the editor, who briefly discusses the book's intention and the process by which Brecht's many writings were sorted and organized.

Part 1 of the collection proper dates from Brecht's years as an increasingly influential theatre creator in his native Germany. Here he traces some of the origins of his personal theatrical...

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