ArteActa

# 04 — 2020

The Institution of Class and Collective. Remarks on Fatzer and The Measures Taken

This article focuses on the re-entry and re-framing of the questions
of class and classism in the context of contemporary discussions about
intersectionality and the works of Bertolt Brecht. Starting with the
observation that since the 1990s traditional Marxist categories like
class have been less prominent in art and academic discourse than
more contemporary concepts like “the political,” I argue that a renewed
understanding of class and classism is productive also in the context of
Brecht studies. After discussing selected approaches to the concepts of
class and classism, the article focuses on the processes of the political as
well aesthetic institution of class in Brecht’s learning play The Measures
Taken. In an analysis of a paradigmatic choir scene, I demonstrate that
the exposed repetition of the process of class formation or the institution
of class can be seen as a critical intervention and a re-association with
that which has been rejected in and by it in the name of the collective.

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