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Brecht and the Bible

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Book Series: UNC Studies in the Germanic Languages and Literatures ISBN: 9781469656755 Year: Pages: 122 DOI: 10.5149/9781469656755_Murphy Language: English
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press Grant: National Endowment for the Humanities||Andrew W. Mellon Foundation - [grantnumber unknown]||[grantnumber unknown]
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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This study identifies the underlying patterns of persistent biblical allusion in the work of renowned playwright Bertolt Brecht. Rather than reducing Brecht's use of the Bible to the purely satirical, the author interprets the full dramatic function of Brecht's complex use of scripture. Using examples from plays written throughout the span of Brecht's career, Murphy shows how Brecht invokes the stories of Old Testament figures such as Job and Isaiah as well as the crucifixion accounts of the New Testament in order to build sympathetic characters and explore his more political themes.

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