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In four weeks we will enjoy an overview of two decades of Brecht’s provocative work. We’ll begin with Man Equals Man, which takes aim at right-wing nationalists and the very idea of individual personality. Next we’ll read The Threepenny Opera, a musical everyone likes, particularly the very bourgeoisie whom Brecht attacks. We will move on to Mother Courage and Her Children, his anti-war masterpiece, and finish with The Caucasian Chalk Circle, a parable about social injustice. We may even accept Brecht’s challenge to interrupt our enjoyment of his wit and illusions, and to examine the stories critically.
Guide: Lucas Bernhardt holds MAs in English and in Writing from Portland State University, as well as an MFA in Creative Writing from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. He is the Project Manager for the Portland State University Writing Center and is managing editor of Propeller Quarterly, a literature and art magazine.