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The Brecht Yearbook / Das Brecht-Jahrbuch, Volume 26
New Essays on Brecht / Neue Versuche über Brecht
Edited by Maarten van Dijk

The Brecht Yearbook

Bertolt Brecht and his legacy: interviews, memoirs, performance studies, theory, & critiques

This volume of the Brecht Yearbook brings together new insights into Brecht's sources as well as new interpretations of his writings and updates on his reception. Biographical contributions include a letter from Brecht's daughter Barbara Brecht-Schall, a conversation with friends of Brecht's collaborator Hanns Eisler, and newly identified background material on Fear and Misery in the Third Reich. Articles on Brecht's reception cover a staging of Galileo at the Berlin Ensemble, a modernized version of Die Massnahme in Frankfurt/Main under the title Das Kontigent, and Brecht in Australia. Critical interpretations range from performance issues such as Gestus, masks, and staging gender; close readings of poems and plays; and more general reflections on Brecht's relationship to modernism, the philosophical dimension of his theater practice, and his presence on the Internet. The volume closes with reviews of recent scholarly publications about Brecht and twentieth-century theater.

Maarten van Dijk has edited the Brecht Yearbook since 1995.

Distributed for the International Brecht Society

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A man sitting in a chair with a child over his shoulder performing a Brecht play

February 2002
366 pp.    6 x 9    b/w illus.
In English and German

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ISBN 978-0-9682722-3-7
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