121213 — Boal on Brecht

by Irina Bernebring Journiette

I’m preparing for my paper. I’m reading in excess. Theories and perspectives. Now my focus is on Boal capturing the essence of Bretch’s interpretation of art.

“Art is immanent to all men, ant not only to a select few; art is not to be sold, not more than are breathing, thinking, loving. Art it not merchandise. But for the bourgeoisie everything is a commodity: man is a commodity. And this being so, all the things that man produces will likewise be commodities. Everything is prostituted in the bourgeois system, art as well as love. Man is the supreme prostitute of the bourgeoisie!”

I do concur and I believe there is a little Marxist hiding in the depths of my cultural understanding. Oh. Mother would be so proud!

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