By John J. White
Brecht's Furcht und Elend des Dritten Reiches (Fear and distress of the 3rd Reich) offers a compelling documentary photo of existence in Nazi Germany. shut readings of person scenes are followed through a close research in their position in the play's total constitution. opposite to the belief that it's a paintings of Aristotelian realism, Brecht is proven to hire covert alienation units which are an essential component of his literary crusade opposed to 3rd Reich Germany. this primary research in English with regards to Brecht and fascism deals a corrective to the overconcentration at the play's creative points. It considers Brecht's dating to the preferred Front's crusade opposed to the nationwide Socialist regime. cognizance is paid to the play's genesis, and, in terms of the personal lifetime of the grasp Race, to the partial shift from the 3rd Reich of 1933-38 to the conflict interval estimated within the unique Furcht und Elend cycle. The play's principal subject of resistance, its propaganda price, and its political and creative reception are addressed inside their historic and ideological framework. the result's a hard review of the play's strengths and barriers as a reaction to German totalitarianism. John J. White is Emeritus Professor of German and Comparative Literature at King's collage London, and Ann White is Senior Lecturer in German at Royal Holloway, college of London.
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