Shakespeare and Brecht: The Perils and Pleasures of Inheritance


In lieu of an abstract, the first paragraph of the essay follows:

Much like Shakespeare, Brecht was a playwright, director, dramaturg, and poet-all at once. His plays are now, of course, famous, but it begins to appear that his most historic impact may be in the realm of practical theatre work-that is, on the interpretation of plays through theatrical production-rather than on the writing of plays themselves. Consequently, I should like to focus this discussion more on Brecht as a director and adapter than as a playwright, and to examine the relationship between Brecht and Shakespeare within the context of Brecht's creative work in the German theatre as Brecht knew it, and tried to change it.

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