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The Caucasian Chalk Circle
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The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Paperback)

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Synopsis

Brecht projects an ancient Chinese story onto a realistic setting in Soviet Georgia. In a theme that echoes the Judgment of Solomon, two women argue over the possession of a child. Thanks to the unruly judge, Azdak (one of Brecht's most vivid creations) natural justice is done and the peasant Grusha keeps the child she loves, even though she is not its mother.



Written while Brecht was in exile in the United States during the Second World War, The Caucasian Chalk Circle is a politically charged, much-revived and complex example of Brecht's epic theatre.



This new Student Edition contains introductory commentary and notes by Kristopher Imbriggota from the University of Puget Sound, US, offering a much-needed contemporary perspective on the play.



The introduction covers:

- narrative structure: play about a play within a play ("circle")

- songs and music

- justice and social systems

- context: Brecht, exile, WWII, socialism

- notions of collective and class

- fable and story adaptation, folk fairy tale

Film, TV & DramaTheatrePlays, playscripts Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Publication Date: 21/01/2021 ISBN-13: 9781350113367  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) is acknowledged as one of the great dramatists whose work has had a considerable influence on the theatre. His landmark plays include Mother Courage and Her Children, The Threepenny Opera, The Life of Galileo and The Caucasian Chalk Circle. His plays and dramatic theory are central to the study of modern theatre. Kristopher Imbrigotta works on contemporary literature and cultural studies. He is co-editor (with Per Urlaub, Middlebury College) of Brecht Yearbook vol. 41, a special issue dedicated to theoretical and practical approaches to teaching Brecht. He teaches German language, literature, and culture classes at all levels and is the faculty liaison for the department's teaching practicum with German at Washington Elementary School in Tacoma. Prior to Puget Sound, he taught German at the University of Wisconsin. He is a member of the steering committee of the International Brecht Society and serves as co-editor of its online performance journal "Communications". He also serves as an official Research Ambassador with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

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