Brecht - my notes while reading books on Brecht

Apr 3rd, 2015
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I had to write an essay on Brecht and his acting method, so I read books on the topic. This document contains about 5 references. I always cited the book on top of the page and then either quoted the parts I found relevant to my essay, or paraphrased certain parts of these references. The page number is always indicated. Perfect to insert into an essay if you're writing about Brecht and his acting method. (I have also uploaded my essay into the database.)

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Lumley, F. (1972) New Trends in 20th Century Drama. 4th edn. London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd.Buchner started the epic theatre. But he died too young and then Brecht picked it up so many years later. (p. 78)He followed Marxisms, believed in certainty, an established order and stability. (p. 83)"The time had come to make a clear sweep of what was still left, the dramatist's duty as Brecht saw it was to change nature, humanity and the world." (p.83)He wanted alienation, he wanted the audience to participate and judge. He didn't want the audience to identify with characters, he wanted to alienate emotion. (p.83)"Of course some illusion had to remain, if the audence was itself to remain in the theatre." (p. 84)Brecht, B. (1938) 'The Street Scene: A Basic Model for an Epic Theatre', in Gale, M. B. and Deeney, J. F. (ed.) The Routledge Drama Anthology and Sourcebook: from modernism to contemporary performance. London: Routledge, pp. 469-474.After the World War, the new way of acting in Germany was as follows: 'The actor used a somewhat complex technique to detach himself from the character portrayed; he forced the spectator to look at the play's situations from such an angle that they necessarily became subject to his criticism.' (p. 469)Example for this acting/thatre: '... an incident such as can be seen at any street corner: an eyewitness demonstrating to a collection of people how a traffic accident took place. The bystanders may not have observed wha

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