Arthur Kutscher

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Arthur Kutscher.

Arthur Kutscher (July 17, 1878, Hannover - August 29, 1960, Munich) was a German historian of literature and researcher in drama. Together with Max Herrmann he can be seen as a founding father of theatre studies in Germany. He was a professor at Munich University, where he taught a famous seminar in theatre history.[1] Kutscher was a friend of the iconoclastic dramatist and cabaret-star Wedekind.[1] His work influenced many playwrights, poets, and directors. His students included Bertolt Brecht (studied in 1917), Erwin Piscator (studied in 1913), Peter Hacks, Hanns Johst, Klabund, and Erich Mühsam.[2] Brecht's first full-length play, Baal (written 1918), was written in response to an argument in one of Kutscher's drama seminars. While Kutscher was responsible for inspiring an admiration for Wedekind in the young Brecht, he was "bitterly critical" of Brecht's own early dramatic writings.[3]


  • Frank Wedekind, sein Leben und seine Werke. With plates, including portraits (Frank Wedekind, his Life and his Work), 1922 Record on
  • Grundriss der Theaterwissenschaft (Compendium of Dramatics), 2 Vols., 1932-1937
  • Stilkunde des deutschen Dichtung (Stylistics of German Fiction), 1949
  • Der Theaterprofessor (The Theatre Professor), 1960 (autobiography)


  1. ^ a b Willett (1978, 43).
  2. ^ For Piscator, Klabund and Mühsam, see Willett (1978, 43); for Brecht, see Thomson (1994, 24).
  3. ^ Thomson (1994, 24) and Willet and Manheim (1970, vii).

Works cited[edit]

  • Thomson, Peter. 1994. "Brecht's Lives". In The Cambridge Companion to Brecht. Ed. Peter Thomson and Glendyr Sacks. Cambridge Companions to Literature Ser. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 22-39. ISBN 0-521-41446-6.
  • Willett, John. 1967. The Theatre of Bertolt Brecht: A Study from Eight Aspects. Third rev. ed. London: Methuen, 1977. ISBN 0-413-34360-X.
  • ---. 1978. The Theatre of Erwin Piscator: Half a Century of Politics in the Theatre. London: Methuen. ISBN 0-413-37810-1.
  • Willett, John and Ralph Manheim. 1970. Introduction. In Collected Plays: One by Bertolt Brecht. Ed. John Willett and Ralph Manheim. Bertolt Brecht: Plays, Poetry and Prose Ser. London: Methuen. ISBN 0-416-03280-X. p.vii-xvii.

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