Sunday 2:15pm

The art and politics of Bertolt Brecht

Art and culture
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Introduced by veteran socialist activist and writer, Tess Lee Ack.

“Because things are the way they are, they will not stay the way they are.”

Bertolt Brecht was a literary giant of the 20th century. He was also a Marxist who believed that art could play a role in changing the world. This talk will explore Brecht’s art and politics, focusing on his revolutionary theory and practice of Epic Theatre and his political poetry.

Readings

Walter Benjamin, Understanding Brecht.

Frederic Ewen, Bertolt Brecht: His Life, His Art and His Times.

(Both available to borrow at the Internet Archive.)

Douglas Kellner, “Brecht’s Marxist Aesthetic”, https://pages.gseis.ucla.edu/faculty/kellner/Illumina%20Folder/kell3.htm

The best English translations of Brecht’s work are those by John Willett, many available online at the Internet Archive and elsewhere.

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