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The Brecht Yearbook/Das Brecht Jahrbuch, Volume 32
Brecht and Death/Brecht und der Tod
Edited by Jürgen Hillesheim, Mathias Mayer, and Stephen Brockmann

The Brecht Yearbook

How Brecht confronted—or failed to confront—death in both his writing and his life

Brecht and Death addresses fundamental issues in Brecht's relationship to death: from his own personal approach to death to the complex ways that death is addressed or evaded in his major literary and theatrical works, as well as in his theoretical writings. Brecht's status as a revenant (a Wiedergänger) in contemporary society is explored: the various ways in which "Brecht" as a cultural signifier continues to exist over five decades after the death of Brecht as a person. Essays ask how a materialist and atheist like Brecht was or was not able to find consolation in aesthetic-political theories and practices that, for him, replaced religious beliefs and rituals that he rejected. The volume includes essays by some of the leading figures in international Brecht scholarship–among others, Jost Hermand, Hans-Thies Lehmann, Marc Silberman, Karen Leeder, and Tom Kuhn.

Jürgen Hillesheim runs the Brecht research center at the state library in Augsburg and is the author of a recent major study on the young Bertolt Brecht, as well as editor of the Brecht Yearbook 31.

Mathias Mayer is professor of German at the University of Augsburg and author of numerous books on German and Austrian literature and culture.

Stephen Brockmann is managing editor of the Brecht Yearbook and professor of German at Carnegie Mellon University. He is the author, most recently, of Nuremberg: The Imaginary Capital.

  • Selected papers from the 12th Symposium of the International Brecht Society, held in Augsburg, Germany, in July 2006 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bertolt Brecht's death in the summer of 1956.

Distributed for the International Brecht Society

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the cover of Brecht 32 features a photo of a middle-aged man in a jacket and cap, holding a briefcase behind his back. His face is cropped, and can not be seen. Type is red. Background is black.

August 2007
490 pp.  6 x 9
In English and German

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