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Brecht biographer Werner Mittenzwei passed away on 14 February 2014 in Berlin.  Born in 1927, he was the founding director of the Central Institute for Literary History of the Academy of Sciences in East Berlin.  He also was a dramaturgical consultant to the Berliner Ensemble in the 1970s and 1980s.  He published a two-volume Brecht biography (Das Leben des Bertolt Brecht oder Der Umgang mit den Welträtseln, 1986) and was a member of the editorial team of the 30-volume Berliner/Frankfurter Brecht edition (1988-2000).

Der Brecht-Biograph Werner Mittenzwei ist am 14. Februar 2014 in Berlin verstorben.  1927 geboren, war Gründungsmitglied des Zentralinstituts für Literaturgeschichte der Akademie der Wissenschaften der DDR.  In den 70er und 80er Jahren war er auch dramaturgischer Mitarbeiter am Berliner Ensemble.  Seine 2-bändige Brecht Biographie – Das Leben des Bertolt Brecht oder Der Umgang mit den Welträtseln – ist 1986 im Osten (Aufbau) und 1987 im Westen (Suhrkamp) erschienen; er war auch Mitherausgeber der Grossen Kommentierten Berliner und Frankfurter Ausgabe von Brechts Werken (1988-2000).

New Brecht books
Stephen Parker, Bertolt Brecht: A Literary Life (Bloomsbury Methuen, 2014), the new Brecht biography!
http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/bertolt-brecht-a-literary-life-9781408155622/

David Barnett, Brecht’s Berliner Ensemble Adaptations: The Tutor, Coriolanus, The Thrial of Joan of Arc at Rouen, Don Juan, Trumpets and Drums (Bloomsbury Methuen, 2014):
http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/berliner-ensemble-adaptations-9781472514387/

Hans Bunge, Brecht, Music and Culture: Hanns Eisler in Conversation with Hans Bunge (Bloomsbury Methuen, 2014):
http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/brecht-music-and-culture-9781472528414/

Marc Silberman / Steve Giles / Tom Kuhn, eds., Brecht on Theatre, 3rd edition (Bloomsbury Methuen, 2014), read the introduction:
http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/brecht-on-theatre-9781472558633/

Tom Kuhn / Steve Giles / Marc Silberman, eds., Brecht on Performance: Messingkauf and Modelbooks (Bloomsbury Methuen, 2014):
http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/brecht-on-performance-9781408154557/

David Barnett, Brecht in Practice: Theatre, Theory and Performance (Bloomsbury Methuen, 2014)

Bertolt Brecht, Love Poems, translated by David Constantine and Tom Kuhn (Norton, 2014):
http://books.wwnorton.com/books/Love-Poems/

Anthony Squiers, An Introduction to the Social and Political Philosophy of Bertolt Brecht.
Revolution and Aesthetics (Rodopi, 2014):
http://www.rodopi.nl/ntalpha.asp?BookId=CLA+44&type=new&letter=V

Hermann Haarmann / Christoph Hesse, Hrsg., Briefe an Bertolt Brecht im Exil, 1933-1949 (Degruyter, 2014):
http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/22749

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:
http://www.dramaonlinelibrary.com/
For the 25+ selections by Brecht:
http://www.dramaonlinelibrary.com/playwrights/bertolt-brecht-iid-12335

Brecht's Works in English: A Bibliography
Check this new website with over 2750 entries if you are looking for Brecht's plays, poems, songs, stories, or essays in English translation: http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/BrechtGuide/

The digital Brecht Yearbook, vols. 1-33 (1971-2008) / Das Brecht-Jahrbuch digital, Bd. 1-33 (1971-2008):http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/German.BrechtYearbook

KURT WEILL FOUNDATION GRANT PROGRAM – Deadline 1 November
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:  http://www.kwf.org/kwf/grants-a-prizes/grant-program
or call New York City: (212) 505-5240

Announcements

Calls for Papers for the IBS sessions at the 2016 MLA convention (Austin, TX; 7-10 January 2016)
1. Brecht - Surveillance - Visibility
Does the charged era of politicized surveillance technologies undermine Brecht’s goal of making visible an act and the structure that causes it (Verfremdung)? Send abstracts (250 words) by 15 March 2015 to: Marc Silberman (mdsilber [a] wisc.edu) and James Harding (jharding [a] umd.edu).

2. Relations / Legacies: Brecht, Benjamin, Adorno
Abstracts (250 words) by 15 March on artistic, critical, philosophical relations among Brecht, Benjamin, Adorno before and during the exile years as well as on the legacy of these tense relations to: Marc Silberman (mdsilber [a] wisc.edu) and Robert Kaufman (robkaufman [a] berkeley.edu).

The International Brecht Society is soliciting papers for 2 sessions at the German Studies Association conference planned for 1-4 October 2015 in Washington DC:
1) Teaching Brecht (contributions on successful and failed strategies for treating any of Brecht’s works in the classroom).
2) Translating Brecht (contributions on the practice of translating Brecht from German into other languages but also from the page onto the stage and from one culture to another).
Send abstracts (ca. 200 words) by Feb. 9, 2015, to Marc Silberman at mdsilber [a] wisc.edu
For information on the GSA, see: www.thegsa.org

The International Association of Germanic Studies (IVG) will be meeting in Shanghai from 23-31 August 2015. Section B23 on "Theater und Film nach Brecht" is being organized by Dr. Günther Heeg (Leipzig), Dr. Eun-Soo Jang (Seoul), and Dr. Hans-Thies Lehmann (Frankfurt/Main). The deadline for submitting paper proposals has been extended until 28 February 2015. The Section B23 description can be found at the congress website (click on "Sektionen und Programm", Sektion B Literaturwissenschaft): http://www.ivg2015-tongji.com/ or [here].

Die Brecht-Tage 2015 zum Thema "Brecht und die Naturwissenschaften" finden vom 09.02.-13.02. im Brecht-Haus in Berlin statt. Hier ist das Programm.

IBS Election
Every two years elections for the steering committee of the International Brecht Society take place.  The nominees for 2014-2015 have been elected:
Alle zwei Jahre findet die Wahl des Vorstands der Internationalen Brecht-Gesellschaft statt. Die Kandidatenliste für 2014-2015 wurde gewählt:

Stephen Brockmann, President (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA)
Günther Heeg, Vice President (Universität Leipzig, BRD)
Andy Spencer, Editor of 'Communications' (Ohio State University, Columbus, USA)
Paula Hanssen, Secretary/Treasurer (Webster University, St. Louis, USA)