Of Broken Pots and Dirty Laundry: The Jeremiah Lehrstücke

Mark Brummitt


Rescued from the realm of magic, prophetic performances are construed as theatricalised communications. Theatre, however, is a complex art with a flexible form and many systems of signification at play. Reading three performances from the book of Jeremiah alongside Bertolt Brecht’s experimental Lehrstücke (Learning Plays) with which they resonate, we shall note how word and gesture can subvert as much as confirm each other.


Jeremiah; Bertolt Brecht; Lehrstücke

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Bible and Critical Theory: ISSN 1832-3391