Der Diktator und der Schriftsteller: Eine Analyse der Beziehung zwischen Stalin und Brecht durch Politik und Theater

Publication Year:
2017
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Repository URL:
https://digitalcommons.carleton.edu/comps/1830
Author(s):
Gunderson, Jacob Robert
Tags:
Stalin; Brecht; Stalinism; Socialism; Logi; Kreidekreis; Galileo; Jasager; Neinsager
article description
In 1966, Hannah Arendt accused Bertolt Brecht of being a Stalinist. At the time, this claim was rebuffed addressed through studies of Brecht's poetry and personal writings. In this paper, I investigate the potential ideological links between Brecht and Stalinism through three of Brecht's plays: Der Kaukasische Kreidekreis, Das Leben des Galilei, and Der Jasager/ Der Neinsager. Throughout these works, there is a clear emphasis on challenging authorities through the use of reason, which signifies that Brecht's conception of socialism is not compatable with Stalinism.