Bertolt Brecht's classic drama The Caucasian Chalk Circle centres on a trial to discover the true mother of a young boy, where two women, one rich, one poor, must risk killing him to prove their love. It tackles fundamental questions of human nature, social justice, law and lawlessness, love in revolutionary times, and the bond between a mother and her child. This clear and accessible study guide includes: author's biography and writing of the play; synopsis; scene-by-scene analysis and commentary; introduction to Brecht's 'Epic Theatre'; The Caucasian Chalk Circle as an example of Brechtian Theatre; Conclusion: Major themes and overall interpretation; and topics for discussion.
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Sabine Gross was educated at the universities of Heidelberg, Frankfurt, and Santa Barbara-California. She is a professor of modern German literature and of theatre at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has contributed to the Bertolt Brecht Reference Companion, the Brecht Yearbook, and the Communications of the International Brecht Society, of which she is a member. She has written extensively on 20th-century authors, and has directed a number of student play productions.
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