Brecht’s theatrical revolution: unfinished literary practice of Marxist philosophyFeb. 4,2020
Brecht’s “theatrical revolution” shows how he understood Marx’s “philosophical revolution” in practice. The Marxist leveraged Korsch’s explanations for elementary propositions of dialectical materialism, and furthermore, developed new theatre and literature that feature socialist realism amid criticism of the social structure and ideology of capitalism. Theatrical revolution is commonly recognized as a transformation in theatrical technique, but essentially, it seeks to identify a new theatre that may inspire audiences to reflect on and criticize social reality. Dialectically criticizing old plays by Brecht through estrangement ultimately aimed to create world-changing audiences, rather than new theatrical forms. His commitment to the practice of Marxist philosophy looked to show propositions of historical materialism like class contradictions and new society in the form of art through revolution in theatrical technique. Beyond that, he used new scripts in ways that extend styles of the 20th century’s literary criticism community to socialist realism. Playing a major part in the entire ongoing drive of criticizing capitalism, what Brecht worked on underpins future studies on and creative practice of Marxist philosophy in multiple ways.
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