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Though not a survey of Bertolt Brecht's poetry, this book covers the major periods in his work and most of its major themes as well. Each of the seven chapters deals with a segment from Brecht's considerably poetic opus. A central characteristic of Brecht's poetry is its dual function, as self-revelation and self-concealment. This emerges most clearly in the poet's relationship to his reader for whom Brecht dons a variety of guises, plays a variety of roles, and speaks in a variety of voices. Thomson's methodology is pluralist, although he includes a discussion of how reader-response theory can be harnessed to the task of interpreting Brecht's poetry. Various means of interpretation and analysis are used, depending on which seems to yield the most information and insight. The only reading of Brecht's poetry categorically refused is the one that accepts it at face value as a record of Brecht's life experience. Despite outward appearances, Brecht is a devious writer, and nowhere more so than in his poetry, where he most immediately presents himself to his public.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Introduction: Rereading Brecht’s Poetry
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  1. 1. Author and Reader: The Dialectic of Response
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  1. 2. Nihilism, Anarchism, and Role-Playing:The Young Man from Augsburg
  2. pp. 45-74
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  1. 3. Autobiography and Poetry: Conquering the Big Bad City
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  1. 4. The Poet in Dark Times: Messages from Exile
  2. pp. 96-118
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  1. 5. Poetry, Conscience, and False Consciousness: The Buckower Elegien
  2. pp. 120-157
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  1. 6. Problems with His Readership: Brecht’s Bad Poetry
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  1. 7. Exegi monumentum: The Poet’s Fame
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  1. Notes
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469656854
Related ISBN
9781469656847
MARC Record
OCLC
1155221480
Launched on MUSE
2020-06-05
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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