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Reminder: Abstract submission deadline for the 15th IBS Symposium: June 1, 2015. For details, see "Announcements" below.

John J. White, emeritus professor of German and Comparative literature at King's College in London, passed away on Saturday, January 31, 2015.  White is well-known for his publications on twentieth-century German literature, including his magisterial Bertolt Brecht's Dramatic Theory (Camden House, 2004) and Bertolt Brecht's "Furcht und Elend des Dritten Reichs", co-authored with his wife Ann White (Camden House, 2010).

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

Call for Papers: 2016 Brecht Yearbook, ed. Theodore F. Rippey
Special Interest Section: TEACHING BRECHT

Guest Editors: Kristopher Imbrigotta (U of Puget Sound) & Per Urlaub (UT-Austin)
Brecht's works intend to educate. His plays have stimulated and provoked generations of theater audiences in all corners of the world, and the didactic dimension of Brechtian aesthetics has found proponents and opponents among directors and actors as well as scholars, teachers, and students. Brecht's works and theoretical writings quickly entered the teaching canon in a variety of disciplinary contexts: national literature departments, comparative literature, theater & drama, performance, and film studies. In addition, Brecht's plays are frequently performed in North American academic contexts, both in theater programs and sometimes even in the original by students in German Studies departments. Despite the presence of Brecht's work in this broad variety of settings, the impact and approaches to that work in the classroom have remained largely unexplored. Therefore, we invite contributions that investigate this presence and impact for a special section on TEACHING BRECHT in the Brecht Yearbook 41 (2016). Manuscripts from scholars and practitioners in any discipline are welcome.
Timeline
October 1, 2015: 500-word abstract of the intended submission
By November 1, 2015: Authors receive feedback from editors
April 15, 2016: Full manuscript due
Spring 2016: Peer-review process The 2016

Brecht Yearbook is scheduled to publish in late Autumn 2016. We accept submissions in either English or German. English manuscripts should use American spelling conventions; submissions in German should use the new spelling conventions. All submissions should include Arabic-numbered endnotes. Length range: 5,000 to 9,000 words, including notes. Avoid lengthy, discursive notes. Please follow the "Brecht Yearbook Style Sheet" as you prepare your submission. (http://www.brechtsociety.org/documents/ibs_yearbook_style.pdf) Please feel free to contact the guest editors with any questions: Kristopher Imbrigotta (kimbrigotta@pugetsound.edu) Per Urlaub (urlaub@austin.utexas.edu)

Call for Papers: Recycling Brecht
15th IBS Symposium

25 - 29 June 2016
St. Hugh's College, University of Oxford (UK)
Download the call for papers here: in English, in German.
For information, see the Symposium website:
http://brecht.mml.ox.ac.uk/ibs-symposium

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)