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Choruses, Ancient and Modern$
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Joshua Billings, Felix Budelmann, and Fiona Macintosh

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199670574

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670574.001.0001

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Brechtian Choralit y

Brechtian Choralit y

(p.151) 9 Brechtian Chorality
Choruses, Ancient and Modern

Martin Revermann

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In ‘Brechtian Chorality’, Martin Revermann examines Brecht’s frequent adoption of chorality and its emphatically antagonistic, overtly polemical relationship with Greek drama. The non-genealogical aspect of Brechtian chorality is explored with reference to Mahoganny, The Mother, and Mother Courage and the direct encounter with ancient choruses with reference to his Antigone of Sophocles. Differences as well as equivalences are probed with reference to both the pre-war German choral traditions and ‘conceptually choral’ experience.

Keywords:   Bertolt Brecht, Mahoganny, The Mother, Mother Courage, Antigone of Sophocles, genaealogy, chirality, Thingspiel

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