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Brecht – Beckett – Müller: Modern Tragedy and Engagement

Olga Taxidou

in Tragedy, Modernity and Mourning

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780748619870
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651719 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619870.003.0008
Brecht – Beckett – Müller: Modern Tragedy and Engagement

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This chapter looks at readings of Bertolt Brecht, Samuel Beckett, and Heiner Müller on mourning, and tries to read epic as a discourse of mourning. It first notes that Beckett's works are concerned with the questions of death, loss, and suffering. The chapter shows how Müller uses an aesthetic of catastrophe in his modern tragedies, while Brecht rewrites the term epic and infuses it with the ‘intellectual intuition’ of tragedy. It determines that the theatres of Müller and Beckett serve as both supplements and correctives to Brecht.

Keywords: Bertolt Brecht; Samuel Beckett; Heiner Müller; epic; aesthetic; catastrophe; modern tragedies; intellectual intuition

Chapter.  7379 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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