Philosophizing Brecht

Critical Readings on Art, Consciousness, Social Theory and Performance


Volume Editors: Norman Roessler and Anthony Squiers
This anthology unites scholars from varied backgrounds with the notion that the theories and artistic productions of Bertolt Brecht are key missing links in bridging diverse discourses in social philosophy, theatre, consciousness studies, and aesthetics. It offers readers interdisciplinary perspectives that create unique dialogues between Brecht and important thinkers such as Althusser, Anders, Bakhtin, Benjamin, Godard, Marx, and Plato. While exploring salient topics such as consciousness, courage, ethics, political aesthetics, and representations of race and the body, it penetrates the philosophical Brecht seeing in him the never-ending dialectic—the idea, the theory, the narrative, the character that is never foreclosed. This book is an essential read for all those interested in Brecht as a socio-cultural theorist and for theatre practitioners.

Contributors: Kevin S. Amidon, José María Durán, Felix J. Fuch, Philip Glahn, Jim Grilli, Wolfgang Fritz Haug, Norman Roessler, Jeremy Spencer, Anthony Squiers, Peter Zazzali.

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Norman Roessler is Associate Professor at Temple University. Editor of the International Brecht Society’s Communication Journal from 2006-2011, he also wrote the Introductions for the Penguin Classics Editions of Brecht’s plays (2007).

Anthony Squiers is Associate Professor of Government at Tarrant County College and Privatdozent für Amerikanistik at Universität Passau. He is the author of An Introduction to the Social and Political Philosophy of Bertolt Brecht (Rodopi, 2016).
Notes on Contributors
1 Philosophizing Brecht: An Introduction for Dark Times
Anthony Squiers
2 The Performance of Racialized Bodies and Brecht’s Operatic Anthropology
Kevin S. Amidon
3 Consciousness in Brechtian Acting: De-familiarizing the Self
Peter Zazzali
4 Brecht and Film Theory: How Brecht’s Theory and Method Impacted the Development of “Screen Theory”
Jeremy Spencer
5 Philosophizing with Brecht and Günther Anders: What Is Wrong with Moralism?
Wolfgang Fritz Haug
6 Philosophizing with Brecht and Plato: On Socratic Courage
Anthony Squiers
7 Brecht, the Popular, and Intellectuals in Dark Times: Of Donkeys and “Tuis”
Philip Glahn
8 Brecht, Dialectics and Dialogical Art: An Engagement with Contemporary Art Practices
José María Durán
9 Philosophizing Brecht: An (In)Conclusion
Norman Roessler
All those interested in Bertolt Brecht, directors and other theatre practitioners, actors, researchers in 20th Century Marxism and German literature, people in theatre studies, philosophers of aesthetics.