Poetics of B. Brecht’s epic theatre in terms of the cubist principle


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This article is devoted to an attempt to consider the concept of B. Brecht’s epic theatre in terms of the cubist principle as a characteristic technique of the avant-garde and postmodernism, based on overcoming traditional mimetic forms when creating an artistic whole and suggesting such a way of organizing an artistic image in which affective involvement based on «ready-made» forms of perception and recognition, is replaced by the need for the so-called «work of understanding». The main objectives of the article include the discovery and description of the mechanisms for the implementation of the cubist principle in the concept of Brecht’s epic theatre. The goal of the study is to prove the productivity of considering Brecht’s poetics in terms of the cubist principle. The research is carried out on the basis of an integrated approach that combines systemic-holistic and hermeneutic methods. The block of empirical materials includes Brecht’s works on the theory of epic theatre, as well as the works of Russian and foreign literary scholars and art theorists, devoted to both highly specialized aspects of Brecht’s theory of dramaturgy and issues related to the problem of authenticity of artistic expression and features of the structure of a work of art in the context of the collapse of traditional ideas about an artistic object as a result of imitation or expression of the artist’s inner world. The results obtained make it possible to present the concept of Brecht’s epic theatre as an experience of problematization of the creative act in a situation of crisis of artistic forms and reveal the expediency of considering Brecht’s poetics in terms of the cubist principle due to a much broader view of the technical and ideological-content aspects of his concept, in contrast to previously adopted concepts «montage» and «separation of elements».

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Daria D. Moroseeva

Osnabrück University

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Email: dmoroseeva@uni-osnabrueck.de
ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6788-1637

Candidate of Philological Sciences, Master of Arts student

Germany, 29, Neuer Graben, Osnabrück, 49074, Germany

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