thus not unreasonable to regard all the members of
Plebeians ’ fictional Berliner Ensemble as figures
comparable to Grass, who worked for Willy Brandt’s West German
Social Democratic Party and commented actively on Germanpolitics.
Viewing the play in this light, Grass appears to be negotiating with the
past not simply to criticize Brecht’s personal artistic judgement
nor to single out the
Medea and the poetics of fratricide in early modern English literature
Jonathan R. Lyon, Princely Brothers and
Sisters: The Sibling Bond in GermanPolitics,
1100–1250 (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press,
2013), pp. 3, 6.
Richard Robinson, The Rewarde of
Wickednesse (London: William Williamson, 1574), sig.