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Rewriting, Violence, and Theater: Bertolt Brecht's The Measures Taken and Heiner Müller's Mauser

Rewriting, Violence, and Theater: Bertolt Brecht's The Measures Taken and Heiner... Rewriting, Violence, and Theater: Bertolt Brecht's The Measures Taken and Heiner Müller's Mauser Benton Jay Komins The Comparatist, Volume 26, May 2002, pp. 99-119 (Article) Published by The University of North Carolina Press DOI: https://doi.org/10.1353/com.2002.0022 For additional information about this article https://muse.jhu.edu/article/414738/summary Access provided at 18 Feb 2020 10:54 GMT from JHU Libraries THE COMPAKATIST REWRITING, VIOLENCE, AND THEATER: BERTOLT BRECHT'S THE MEASURES TAKEN AND HEINER MÜLLER'S MAUSER Benton Jay Komins Much has been written about Bertolt Brecht's extraordinary influence on contemporary theater. This tendency is perhaps best seen in the words of Kenneth Tynan who stated, in 1956: "Once in a generation the world discovers a new way of telling a story. This generation's pathfinder is Bertolt Brecht, both as a playwright and as a director" (qtd. in Roose- Evans 68). Brecht's "newness"—his pathfinding theories of acting and production—has influenced generations in Western Europe, the United States, and the former Eastern Bloc countries. Yet, to use him as a baro- meter, or as an aesthetic gauge to judge the relevance and contemporan- eity of a dramatic work often falls short ofits mark. Tf one makes Brecht the yardstick for what literature can accomplish today," writes Peter Bürger in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

Rewriting, Violence, and Theater: Bertolt Brecht's The Measures Taken and Heiner Müller's Mauser

The Comparatist , Volume 26 – Oct 3, 2012

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Rewriting, Violence, and Theater: Bertolt Brecht's The Measures Taken and Heiner Müller's Mauser Benton Jay Komins The Comparatist, Volume 26, May 2002, pp. 99-119 (Article) Published by The University of North Carolina Press DOI: https://doi.org/10.1353/com.2002.0022 For additional information about this article https://muse.jhu.edu/article/414738/summary Access provided at 18 Feb 2020 10:54 GMT from JHU Libraries THE COMPAKATIST REWRITING, VIOLENCE, AND THEATER: BERTOLT BRECHT'S THE MEASURES TAKEN AND HEINER MÜLLER'S MAUSER Benton Jay Komins Much has been written about Bertolt Brecht's extraordinary influence on contemporary theater. This tendency is perhaps best seen in the words of Kenneth Tynan who stated, in 1956: "Once in a generation the world discovers a new way of telling a story. This generation's pathfinder is Bertolt Brecht, both as a playwright and as a director" (qtd. in Roose- Evans 68). Brecht's "newness"—his pathfinding theories of acting and production—has influenced generations in Western Europe, the United States, and the former Eastern Bloc countries. Yet, to use him as a baro- meter, or as an aesthetic gauge to judge the relevance and contemporan- eity of a dramatic work often falls short ofits mark. Tf one makes Brecht the yardstick for what literature can accomplish today," writes Peter Bürger in

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