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The Brecht Yearbook / Das Brecht-Jahrbuch, Volume 27
Where Extremes Meet: Rereading Brecht and Beckett
Edited by Antony Tatlow and Stephen Brockmann

The Brecht Yearbook


An exploration of convergences between Bertolt Brecht and Samuel Beckett, two dramatists generally considered polar opposites

For about thirty years in the middle of the twentieth century, Samuel Beckett and Bertolt Brecht dominated Western theater by virtue of their difference. Beckett represented a theater of the absurd and Brecht a theater of political commitment, each defining the other by their incompatibilities. Only their successors began to question the dichotomies and to draw on both their legacies.

This volume looks back at the common ground of these two dramatists: their modernism and its legacy, their innovations in new media, the ways they directed their own work, and the shape of their thinking and writing. This territory is explored from the various perspectives of directors, dramaturgs, actors, and theorists in these contributions from a 2001 symposium at the University of Dublin.

Antony Tatlow is professor of comparative literature at the University of Dublin and the author of Shakespeare, Brecht, and the Intercultural Sign. He is a past president of the International Brecht Society. Stephen Brockmann, managing editor of the Brecht Yearbook, is associate professor of German at Carnegie Mellon University and the author of Literature and German Reunification.

Distributed for the International Brecht Society.

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The cover of The Brecht Yearbook Volume 27

October 2002
210 pp.     6 x 9     7 b/w illus.
In English and German 

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