: Das epische Theater) A form of theater created by Bertolt Brecht
and opposed to the Aristotelian
form, also known as the "dramatical form
Brecht compared the dramatical form with his own epic form through a now fairly well-known list of features (shortened list shown below).
Whereas the dramatical form had the characteristics of:
the epic form was characterized by:
Also important and characteristic of epic theater are "Verfremdung" and "Lehrstücke", meaning "alienation" and "teaching-pieces" respectively, though both German terms are commonly used in literary circles.
Note: all translations my own