Bertolt BrechtMeg Mumford
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'This is a very useful volume which goes far beyond its ambit as a mere introduction. It offers novel, perceptive, and enlivening insights into the very practical concerns a student may have about Brecht without dismissing the theories as irrelevant appendages to the plays.' - Modern Language Review 'What makes Meg Mumford's new text, Bertolt Brecht, a 'must have' - especially for secondary educators and theatre students - is that here, all these angles are concisely drawn together with an accessible tone and structure, and with pithy key points of analysis... This book exhibits depth as well as clarity... This is a thorough, informative read for theatre educators and students, and a great read in terms of an illustrated twentieth-century life story.' - M/C Reviews 'Mumford offers brilliant explanations of difficult Brechtian theoretical concepts' - Choice 'Meg Mumford covers ample ground with a sure footedness that has left this reviewer smiling with delight. A wish to demystify Brecht, to prise him out of the political or literary clutches of the jargonists, has motivated my teaching for more than thirty years, but I never managed it as effectively as this.' - Studies in Theatre Production '... Brecht's changing and contradictory writings on Gestus and Verfremdung are successfully explored within the context of her fascinating case study of the 1954 production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle ...'- New Theatre Quarterly, Tom Cantrell 'The book can be highly recommended to students new to Brecht, and also to teachers: I found the practical workshop worked brilliantly with a group of first year undergraduates in what was for many their first practical exploration of Brecht's work.'- New Theatre Quarterly, Tom Cantrell 'Mumford achieves a rare clarity and specificity in her discussions of Gestus and Verfremdung ...' - The Brecht Yearbook, Julie Jackson