Theater of Revolution and the Law of Genre--Bertolt Brecht’s The Measures Taken (Die Maßnahme)

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Theater of Revolution and the Law of Genre--Bertolt Brecht’s The Measures Taken (Die Maßnahme)

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dc.contributor.author Simons, Oliver
dc.date.accessioned 2011-09-06T18:47:36Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation Simons, Oliver. 2009. Theater of revolution and the law of genre--Bertolt Brecht's The Measures Taken (Die Maßnahme). Germanic Review 84(4): 327-352. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0016-8890 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:5125259
dc.description.abstract It has been emphasized frequently that Bertolt Brecht’s political theater, Die Maßnahme in particular, has been influenced by Carl Schmitt’s theory of the sovereign and the state of exception. While it is indeed remarkable that his learning play seems to record some of the concepts which in Schmitt belong to the categories of political theory, this essay will return to the role and discourse of the theater in Brecht. The drama of revolution is a political text through and through, but it cannot separate the political from the theater; the drama of revolution is in search of a form, a meta-theater, in which the overcoming of an order is thus first and foremost the attempt to suspend the law of genre. Strikingly, Brecht’s learning play brings to the stage all the characteristics which have, since Aristotle, marked tragedy: the pity, the error of a hero, the hero’s comprehension of the error, the guilt of an innocent man, the hero’s death, the sacrifice, and catharsis. Brecht reproduces the law of the genre he wishes to supersede and entangles his figures in inescapable aporias which have dominated the meta-discourse on drama in revolutionary theater from Büchner’s Danton’s Tod to Heiner Müller’s Mauser. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Germanic Languages and Literatures en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Taylor & Francis en_US
dc.relation.isversionof doi:10.1080/00168890903291468 en_US
dc.relation.hasversion http://www.tandfonline.com/ en_US
dash.license OAP
dc.subject Thomas Hobbes en_US
dc.subject Walter Benjamin en_US
dc.subject Carl Schmitt en_US
dc.subject Bertolt Brecht en_US
dc.subject Die Maßnahme en_US
dc.subject Georg Büchner en_US
dc.subject Dantons Tod en_US
dc.subject Heiner Müller en_US
dc.subject Mauser en_US
dc.subject revolution en_US
dc.subject genre en_US
dc.title Theater of Revolution and the Law of Genre--Bertolt Brecht’s The Measures Taken (Die Maßnahme) en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.description.version Accepted Manuscript en_US
dc.relation.journal Germanic Review en_US
dash.depositing.author Simons, Oliver
dc.date.available 2011-09-06T18:47:36Z

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