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Brecht and Expresionism (1992)

Reconstruction of a revolutionary dialogue

This book proposes a comparative study of aesthetics, drama and staging of Bertolt Brecht and young authors and directors of German Expressionism. To the expressionist “Ich-revolution”, Brecht responded with his vitalist materialism, to the dramatic dissolution procedures with the introduction of narrative; and to the musicalization and abstraction of the set design with a realist and literal mise en scene which was consistent with is materialist ideology. The dialogue with Expressionism led Brecht to formulate a revolutionary drama: the didactic pieces. In them, more than in their anti-operas and epic dramas, he dialectically materialized the intention of making from the stage a field of action in order to transform the society. 



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