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The IBS journal has shifted from a print publication to a freely accessible online journal / blog, beginning in August 2016.  Click here to see our new internet presence, updated about every 3 months!

New Brecht books 

Reinhard Müller (Hg.), Bettina Nir-Vered (Hg.), Olga Reznikova (Hg.), Irina Sherbakowa (Hg.),
Carola Neher: gefeiert auf der Bühne, gestorben im Gulag. Berlin: Lukas Verlag, October 2016.

Bertolt Brecht, Me-ti: Book of Interventions in the Flow of Things, trans. and edited by Antony Tatlow (London: Bloomsbury, July 2016)

Joel Schechter, Eighteenth-Century Brechtians: Theatrical Satire in the Age of Walpole (Exeter UP, 2016)

"Rethinking Brecht", a special issue of German Life and Letters, 69.2 (April 2016), available from Wiley Blackwell

Bertolt Brecht, The Business Affairs of Mr Julius Caesar, trans. Charles Osborne (London: Bloomsbury, 2016)

Questions about English-language performance rights of Brecht's plays? Click here for more details.

Drama Online is a new portal for Internet access to the works of major playwrights, including Bertolt Brecht in English translation.  For information, see:
For the 40+ selections by Brecht:

Brecht's Works in English: A Bibliography
Check this new website with almost 2900 entries if you are looking for Brecht's plays, poems, songs, stories, or essays in English translation:

The digital Brecht Yearbook, vols. 1-34 (1971-2009) / Das Brecht-Jahrbuchdigital, Bd. 1-34 (1971-2009)

The Kurt Weill Foundation Grant Program awards financial support worldwide to not-for-profit organizations for performances of musical works by Kurt Weill and Marc Blitzstein, to individuals and not-for-profit organizations for scholarly research pertaining to Kurt Weill, Lotte Lenya, and Marc Blitzstein, and to not-for-profit organizations for relevant educational initiatives. For more information and guidelines, see:
or call New York City: (212) 505-5240



The Brecht Yearbook / Das Brecht-Jahrbuch 40 (2015) appears in December 2016.
For the Table of Contents click here.
IBS members and subscribers who paid dues in 2015 automatically receive this volume. Others can order the volume from the publisher, Camden House:

The IBS is sponsoring one session at the annual Modern Language Association convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Jan. 5-8, 2017):

Session 197: Friday, Jan. 6, 2017

  8:30–9:45 a.m., 310, Philadelphia Marriott

Brecht, Affect, Empathy
   Presiding: Theodore F. Rippey (Bowling Green State University)
1) Günther Heeg (Universität Leipzig) – The Power Station of Emotions: Brechts Theater of Affective Stasis
2) Hunter Bivens (University of California at Santa Cruz) – Brecht's Cruel Optimism or, What are Socialist Affects?
3) Claudia Breger (Indiana University, Bloomington) – Intertwining Verfremdung and Intensity: Brechtian Aesthetics and the Play of Affects in Godard and Fassbinder
   Respondent: Marc Silberman (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

IBS Election
Every two years elections for the steering committee of the International Brecht Society take place. The nominees for 2016 and 2017 have been elected: Alle zwei Jahre findet die Wahl des Vorstands der Internationalen Brecht-Gesellschaft statt. Die Kandidatenliste für 2016 und 2017 wurde gewählt:

President: Stephen Brockmann (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Vice President: Günther Heeg (Universität Leipzig, BRD) 
Co-editors of 'Communications': Jack Davis (Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri) and Kristopher Imbrigotta (University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington) 
Secretary/Treasurer: Paula Hanssen (Webster University, St. Louis, USA) and Sylvia Fischer (University of West Florida, Pensacola, Florida)

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