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Eighteenth-Century Brechtians
Theatrical Satire in the Age of Walpole

By Joel Schechter

Eighteenth-Century Brechtians

Finalist Theatre Library Awards August - 2017


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Subjects: Performance


Discussing the actor mutiny of 1733, theatre censorship, controversial plays and Fielding’s forgery of an actor’s biography, the book contends that some subversive Augustan and Georgian artists were early Brechtians.Reconstructions of lost episodes in theatre history include a recounting of Fielding’s last days as a stage satirist before his Little Haymarket theatre was closed, Charlotte Charke’s performances as Macheath and Polly Peachum in The Beggar’s Opera and the 1740 staging of Jonathan Swift’s Polite Conversation on a double bill with Shakespeare’s Merry Wives . . .

Some documents in this collection offer another perspective on theatre history by employing fiction – speculative reconstructions of Georgian theatre events for which historical facts are scarce or missing.  Brecht also employed fiction to reconsider history in short stories he wrote about Lucullus and Socrates, and a novel about Julius Caesar.  The stories and several new letters attributed to Fielding delve into theatre history and keep some of its controversy alive in new ways, historicizing fiction and theatre somewhat as Brecht did.

It offers an unconventional, new reading of theatre history, Brecht’s tradition and stage satire.

 



 



 


World on Fire                                                                

 


Fielding's Cibber Letters:  Counterfeit Wit, Scurrility and Cartels                                                                                                                                     

 


Bertolt Brecht Writes The Beggar’s Opera and The Great Mogul's Company of Comedians Revives John Gay's Polly                                            

 


Stage Mutineers                                                               

 


Charlotte Charke’s Tit for Tat; or Comedy and Tragedy at War: A Lost Play Recovered?                         

 


Mrs Charke Escapes Hanging                                    

 


Garrick and Swift's School for Scandal With a Digression on Yoko Ono                                 

 


Brecht Praises Garrick’s and Garrick Fever                                                                  

 


A Portrait of the Artists as Beggar's Opera Disciples Including David Garrick, Epic Actor                      

 


Walpole in America                                                 

 


The Future of Eighteenth-Century Brechtiana: Polly Exonerated                                                                                                                                                                       

 


Conclusion: The Future Promise of an Earlier Age                                                                                                                                               

 


 

 


Eighteenth-Century Brechtians:   A Timetable of Events                           

 


                                                                             

 


 

 


Eighteenth-Century Brechtians                                                

 


Cross-Dressing and Anti-Militarism in Brecht, Gay and Farquhar                  

 


Polly Peachum, Punch and Judy, and Naivety                                                                                                                                             

 


Pirates and Polly:  A Lost Messingkauf Dialogue                  

 


The Duchess of Queensberry Becomes Polly Peachum          

Macheath Our Contemporary                                                    

 


Swift in Hollywood: A Lost Messingkauf Dialogue            

 


Swift's Polite Conversation with Falstaff                             

 


Henry Fielding, Brechtian Before Brecht                           

 


Fielding’s London Merchant, and Lillo’s                            

 


Literarization of Fielding’s Plays                                         

 


Tom Thumb Jones, Child Actress                                                     

 


A World on Fire                                                                

 


Fielding's Cibber Letters:  Counterfeit Wit, Scurrility and Cartels                                                                                                                                     

 


Bertolt Brecht Writes The Beggar’s Opera and The Great Mogul's Company of Comedians Revives John Gay's Polly                                            

 


Stage Mutineers                                                               

 


Charlotte Charke’s Tit for Tat; or Comedy and Tragedy at War: A Lost Play Recovered?                         

 


Mrs Charke Escapes Hanging                                    

 


Garrick and Swift's School for Scandal With a Digression on Yoko Ono                                 

 


Brecht Praises Garrick’s and Garrick Fever                                                                  

 


A Portrait of the Artists as Beggar's Opera Disciples Including David Garrick, Epic Actor                      

 


Walpole in America                                                 

 


The Future of Eighteenth-Century Brechtiana: Polly Exonerated                                                                                                                                                                       

 


Conclusion: The Future Promise of an Earlier Age                                                                                                                                               

 


 

 


Eighteenth-Century Brechtians:   A Timetable of Events

 


                         

 

 


‘Not every book about the eighteenth-century theatre alludes to Chelsea Manning, Occupy Wall Street and Bernie Sanders, or concludes with a chronology that jumps from 1763 ("James Boswell visits Newgate Prison") to 1928 ("Brecht and others adapt Gay's The Beggar's Opera"). Eighteenth-century Brechtians: Theatrical Satire in the Age of Walpole makes these contemporary references and goes further: it is introduced by the theatre historian Peter Thomson as "a bid to jolt the anglophone theatre out of its political doziness", and by its author Joel Schechter as "a mapping of paths to future satire and activism, through a survey of earlier routes explored by Brecht and his precursors in England". [ ] there is much here to prompt further investigation, not least for any post-Brechtian producers who happen to open the book.’


 



Michael Caines, The Times Literary Supplement, October 2016


 



 


 



‘It is very jauntily written, as might well be expected from this author, and his enthusiasm for his subject matter is at times infectious.’


 



Michael Wilson, Professor of Drama, Loughborough University


 



 


 



 


 



‘This is a book like no other. Schechter delights in liberating his own fantasy, in allowing his imagination free play in interpreting, not only what was, but also what might have been and what, with the right incentives, might be.’


 



 


 



‘This new book has been written as a challenge to the twenty-first century, a bid to jolt the Anglophone theatre out of its political doziness.   


 



Peter Thomson, Emeritus Professor of Drama, University of Exeter


 



 


 



 


 



‘This is an intelligent, radical book, intriguing from the start and relentlessly imaginative.  Always accessible and affable in style.’


 



Graham Ley, Professor of Drama and Theory, University of Exeter


 


 


Joel Schechter is Professor of Theatre Arts at San Francisco State University.  He is famous as a writer about clowns, jesters, satirists and their radical politics.  Much of his work has been focused on contemporary global mayhem. He was previously Professor of Dramatic Literature at Yale School of Drama, lecturer in Performance Studies at New York University and the New School for Social Research. He was Editor in Chief of the Yale journal Theater from 1977-92.

 

 


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Binding:
 Hardback , 288 pages
ISBN:
 9780859899970
Format:
 234mm x 156mm

Binding:
 PDF , 288 pages
ISBN:
 9780859892087

Binding:
 EPUB , 288 pages
ISBN:
 9780859892155

Binding:
 Paperback , 288 pages
ISBN:
 9780859893350
Format:
 234mm x 156mm

BIC Code:
 AN, DSA, DSG, HBJD, HBTB
BISAC Code:
  HIS010000, HIS054000, LIT006000, LIT013000, PER011000
Imprint:
 University of Exeter Press


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