Category Archives: 2. BRECHT-DRAMA-THEATRE

THIS IS A DESCENDING CHRONOLOGICAL LIST, FROM 2021 BACKWARDS. REASON: ALL POSITIONS ARE HISTORICAL, AND THEY ARE BEST UNDERSTOOD IN CONNEXION WITH ITS MOMENT. LATER ENTRIES MAY MODIFY EARLIER POSITIONS.

FOR A THEORY OF THEATRE: THE PERFORMANCE TEXT AS AUDIENCE-STAGE DIALOG INDUCING A POSSIBLE WORLD (1985 & 2021, 8,700 words)

0. Some Presuppositions; 1. Bakhtinian Dialog and Theatre; 2. On PWs, on Subordinating Communication to Pragmatics, and again on Dialog; 3. The Audience-Stage Dialog as Induction of PWs;

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MY BRECHT: A LOOK FROM 2016 (7,000 words)

Communications of Int’l Brecht Soc. online edition no. 1, 2017. https://e-cibs.org/issue-1-2017/#suvinstart This overview of DS’s work on Brecht (further BB) was written as Introduction to a collection of my essays translated into Slovene and published in Ljubljana 2016 as Brecht’s … Continue reading

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ON BRECHT’S “THE MANIFESTO”: COMMENTS FOR READERS IN ENGLISH (2015, 9,100 words)

Part 1 is the translation by D. Suvin of a putative poem by Brecht Das Manifest (The Manifesto) pieced together from his various versions from 1944 on.  Part 2 is a comment article that discusses Brecht’s intention in 1944-45 to … Continue reading

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REFLECTIONS ON AND AT A TANGENT FROM “Bertolt Brecht und der Kommunismus” (2008, 3,500 words)

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EMOTION, BRECHT, EMPATHY VS. SYMPATHY (2008, 7,650 words)

 Darko Suvin                                                                             … Continue reading

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BRECHT’S AND SUBJECTIVITY: STANCE, EMOTION AS SYMPATHY (1989-2006, 9,570 words) [FROM BOOK DARKO SUVIN: A LIFE IN LETTERS]

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CONFLICT, CONFLICT ÜBER ALLES?: CONFLICT VS. REVELATION AS STAGE POETICS AND PARADIGMS (1994-2003, 9,400 words)

1. Doubting the Eternal Necessity of Conflict; 2. On Zeami’s mugen nô (Deity Nô) Plays;

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BRECHT: STANCE, AGENCY, AND EMOTIONS (1989-2002, 15,810 words)

1. On Haltung; 2. Approaching Brecht and Agency; 3. Emotions Are Not Split from Cognition; 4. Emotions Intertwining with Haltung as Basis for Acting

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CENTENNIAL POLITICS: ON JAMESON ON BRECHT ON METHOD (1998, 6,990 Words)

O great academics! Still, let’s search more diligently and not despair.           Augustine of Hippo The highest thing would be to understand that all phenomena are already theory.           Goethe Brecht can be supremely useful to us–people engaged in thinking … Continue reading

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ON THE EPISTEMOLOGY AND PRAGMATICS OF INTERCULTURAL THEATRE STUDIES: WITH BROOK’S “MAHABHARATA” AS NEGATIVE EXEMPLUM (1997-98, 11,640 words)

1. Syntactic Considerations; 2. Epistemic Considerations: Monadic Truth vs. Caressing; 3. Interculturalism I: The Mythical Estrangement of Brook’s “Mahabharata” exemplum; 4. Interculturalism II: Critical Estrangement, the Body

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