The Caucasian Chalk Circle

The Caucasian Chalk Circle - Methuen Student Editions

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Synopsis

This Student Edition of Brecht's classic dramatisation of the conflictover possession of a child features an extensiveintroduction and commentary that includes a plot summary, discussion ofthe context, themes, characters, style and language as well asquestions for further study and notes on words and phrases in the text.It is the perfect edition for students of theatre and literature.

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

This volume contains expert notes on the author's life and work, historical and political background to the play, photographs from stage productions and a glossary of difficult words and phrases. It features the acclaimed translation by James and Tania Stern with W. H. Auden.

Book information

ISBN: 9780413544506
Publisher: A&C Black
Imprint: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama
Pub date:
Edition: New Edition
DEWEY: 832.914
DEWEY edition: 19
Language: English
Number of pages: 116
Weight: 190g
Height: 198mm
Width: 130mm
Spine width: 14mm