Notes, Brecht and Shakespeare file I

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Notes, Brecht and Shakespeare file I, Cambridge lectures: Lecture 1—Brecht's lifelong relation with Shakespeare's work, critical and theoretical writing, historicising Brecht, Brecht's own aims in theatre, Brecht's criticism of Shakespeare, Goethe and Hegel, epic theatre and alienation, Troilus and Cressida; Lecture 2—Shakespearian and Brechtian history, Julius Caesar, Richard II and Brecht's Arturo Ui, stylisation and satire and caricature, theatrical aspect of fascism, Brecht's Galileo, distortions of history; Lecture 3—tragedy, King Lear, Brecht's own tragic writing, Brecht's Good Person of Szechwan and Mother Courage; Lecture 4—essential ideas that might be derived from Brecht's view of Shakespeare, how to stage Shakespeare, Brecht and later theatre workers, Coriolanus, history as an endless circle, history as Brecht sees it, Brecht on ant-reason, war, Brecht's criticisms, Brecht's description of a theatre of the scientific age 1948, points from Brecht's Messingkauf Dialogues, Brecht's poem 'To Posterity', Shakespeare from Brecht's Schriften zum Theater, Shakespeare in the epic theatre, contemporary plays. Marlowe's Edward II, non-Aristotelian drama, tragedy, Goethe on Shakespeare, Robert Weimann, Shakespeare Jahrbuch 1979