BERTOLT BRECHT: THE AUTHOR AS PRODUCER
The relationship between the critic and the artist described by Benjamin in "The Author as Producer" works well to describe the relationship between himself and Brecht. Optimally, the work of art concretely embodies a new act or mode of judgment. The criticism of the work of art then translates into abstract terms the meaning of this passage into another state of consciousness. The experiencing of the innovative work of art leads to an unconscious knowledge, which the critic exposes, as the psychoanalyst, the dream.
Brecht's cultural experiments were the coal from which Benjamin dredged his theoretical diamonds. ( Brecht also played critic to his own work, so there is nothing perjorative in this statement.) The following chapter explores the practical dimension of what has been talked about. Brecht used art to agitate people with political mind-sets. He worked with structure rather than exhortation. His dramaturgy used an abstract theory in concrete ways. A discussion of it will thus add flesh to the structural/ aesthetic approach to politics taken by this piece.