Brecht – Beckett – Müller

This chapter looks at readings of Bertolt Brecht, Samuel Beckett, and Heiner Müller on mourning, and tries to read epic as a discourse of mourning. It first notes that Beckett’s works are concerned with the questions of death, loss, and suffering. The chapter shows how Müller uses an aesthetic of catastrophe in his modern tragedies, while Brecht rewrites the term epic and infuses it with the ‘intellectual intuition’ of tragedy. It determines that the theatres of Müller and Beckett serve as both supplements and correctives to Brecht.

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