The Brecht Yearbook / Das Brecht-Jahrbuch 45
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390 Pages

22.8 x 15.2 cm

27 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Brecht Yearbook

Imprint: Camden House

The Brecht Yearbook / Das Brecht-Jahrbuch 45

Edited by Markus Wessendorf

Guest editor Günther Heeg, Vera Stegmann and Micha Braun

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Volume 45 is focused on the theme "Brecht Among Strangers," with articles on a range of artists who engage(d) with Brecht from perspectives involving being a stranger, strangeness, or being estranged.
Published for the International Brecht Society by Camden House, the Brecht Yearbook is the central scholarly forum for discussion of Brecht's life and work and of topics of particular interest to him, especially the politics of literature and of theater in a global context. It includes a wide variety of perspectives and approaches and, like Brecht himself, is committed to the use value of literature, theater, and theory.

Volume 45 is the first of two volumes dedicated to the proceedings of the 16th Symposium of the IBS, "Brecht Among Strangers," held at Leipzig University in 2019. It features three sections: "Among Strangers–Brecht's Figures of Strangeness," "From East to West and Vice Versa–Geographic Interconnections," and "Global Estrangements–Brecht in the Age of Globalization." The articles cover a wide range of artists who engage(d) with Brecht and his work from such thematic perspectives — including Benno Besson, Arvind Gaur, Meng Jinghui, Mei Lan-fang, Peter Lorre, Koreya Senda, SIGNA, Konrad Swinarski, and Sergei Tretyakov — and link them to questions of alterity, dramaturgy, Gestus/gestures, pedagogy, realism, and singularity. The contributors include Gerda Baumbach, Aurélien Bellucci, Veronika Darian, Rico Dietzmeyer, Helen Fehervary, Zbigniew Feliszewski, Francesco Fiorentino, Anna Häusler, Günther Heeg, Eiichiro Hirata, Torben Ibs, Anja Klöck, Nikolaus Müller-Schöll, Astrid Oesmann, Patrick Primavesi, Tanja Prokic, Christoph Püngel, Kevin Rittberger, Sergei Romashko, Franziska Schubert, Melanie Selfe, Leonie Sowa, Kai Tuchmann, Lydia White, Noah Willumsen, and others.
List of Abbreviations
Among Strangers-Brecht's Figures of Strangeness
"Ohne Halt und in großer Fahrt." Brecht im Transit. Gestisch leben - Günther Heeg
Theaterarbeit unter Fremden: Brechts Arbeit als Dramaturg - Nikolaus Müller-Schöll
Strange(rs) Among Strangers. Some Remarks - Veronika Darian
Singularity and Remainder: Brecht's Theater of Others - Lydia J. White
Brecht's Reading of the Early Marx: The Alienation of Labor and the Dialectic of the Familar and the Strange - Melanie Selfe
Wie im (falschen) Film: Brecht und die Arbeit mit nicht/professionellen Akteuren - Patrick Primavesi
Ansätze zu einer Pädagogik der Fremdheit bei Brecht - Francesco Fiorentino
From East to West and Vice Versa-Geographic Integration
From Aesthetics to History: Brecht's Encounter with Mei Lanfang and Gestural Theater - Astrid Oesmann
Der fremde Freund. Proben aus der Theaterarbeit von Benno Besson in der DDR - Gerda Baumbach and Rico Dietzmeyer and Christoph Püngel and Franziska Schubert
Bertolt Brecht-ein dekadenter Künstler? Rekonstruktion einer Debatte von 1949 - Torben Ibs
Speaking (of) Brecht in the East-West Conflict: Brecht's Changing Concepts of Gestus and the Invention of Gestic Speech in Germany in the 1970s - Anja Klöck
"Was nicht fremd ist, findet befremdlich!" Swinarskis und Brechts Theatertheorien und -praxis - Zbigniew Feliszewski
The Strange Name and Ambiguous Gestures of a Japanese Brechtian in the Social Combustion of Prewar Tokyo - Eiichiro Hirata
Karambolage Gorki-Brecht-Tretjakow: Die Mutter als Roman/Theaterstück/Übersetzung - Sergei A. Romashko
Brecht's Lorre: The Gentle Stranger - Helen Fehervary
Global Estrangements-Brecht in the Age of Globalization
Für eine Dramaturgie der Alterität-Zum Dramaturgie-Unterricht an der Pekinger Central Academy of Drama - Kai Tuchmann
Liberté de circulation, toujours (Lecture-Performance) - Kevin Rittberger
Abstraktion, Einfühlung, Fremdwerden: SIGNA mit Brecht, Brecht mit SIGNA - Anna Häusler and Tanja Prokic
Politics of Dis-Estrangement: Brecht Is No Stranger in Asia Today - Aurélien Bellucci
Flüchtlingsinterviews: Brecht im Gespräch 1935 - Noah Willumsen
Book Reviews
Annett Gröschner und Christian Hippe (Hrsg.). Laxheit in Fragen geistigen Eigentums. Brecht und Urheberrecht - Tom Kuhn
Norman Roessler and Anthony Squiers (eds.). Philosophizing Brecht: Critical Readings on Art, Consciousness, Social Theory and Performance - Lydia J. White
Simon Critchley. Tragedy, the Greeks, and Us - Anna Street
Gerd Dietrich. Kulturgeschichte der DDR - Matthias Rothe
Jürgen Hillesheim. Zwischen Affirmation und Verweigerung. Bertolt Brecht und die Revolution - Florian Vaßen
Nenad Jovanovic. Brechtian Cinemas: Montage and Theatricality in Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet, Peter Watkins, and Lars von Trier; Angelos Koutsourakis. Rethinking Brechtian Film Theory and Cinema - Olivia Landry

MARKUS WESSENDORF is a Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa in Honolulu.

GÜNTHER HEEG is the director of the Centre of Competence for Theatre (CCT) and a Professor Emeritus of Theater Studies at the University of Leipzig. He has published extensively on eighteenth-century theater, Bertolt Brecht, Heiner Müller, and contemporary transmedia theater. His current research is on the idea of a transcultural theater, the concept of theater as a cultural practice "by everyone for everyone," and forms of life and action related to cultural transit. His most recent publications include: Das transkulturelle Theater (2017); Willkommen anderswo. Sich spielend begegnen. Theaterarbeit mit Einheimischen und Geflüchteten (2017); Recycling Brecht. Materialwert, Nachleben, Überleben (2018); Fremde Leidenschaften Oper. Das Theater der Wiederholung I.

VERA STEGMANN is Associate Professor of German at Lehigh University. She specializes in modern German literature, film, and theater as well as in comparative arts, particularly the relationship between literature and music. She published the book Das epische Musiktheater bei Strawinsky und Brecht (1991), she is a past editor of Communications from the International Brecht Society, and she wrote articles on compositions for Brecht's texts by Hanns Eisler, Kurt Weill, and Paul Dessau. Her recent publications also include essays on contemporary twenty-first century authors.

MICHA BRAUN is a theater scholar and research manager at the University of Leipzig. He works on artistic practices of repetition, narration, and memory in theater, performance, and cinema of the 20th and 21st centuries as well as on the use of media to appropriate the past. His focus is on experiences of crisis and coping strategies in Central and Eastern European art. His publications include In Figuren erzählen (diss., 2012), Reenacting History. Theater & Geschichte (co-ed., 2014), Die Praxis der/des Echo (co-ed., 2015), Brecht Yearbook 45 & 46 (co-ed., 2020/21).

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November 2020

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Title Details

390 Pages

2.28 x 1.52 cm

27 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Brecht Yearbook

Imprint: Camden House