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1)The Brecht Yearbook / Das Brecht-Jahrbuch 45 (2020) was published in November 2020. See the table of contents here.

2) Call for Articles / Aufruf für Beiträge, BY 47 (2022): "Brecht Post-2020" / "Brecht nach 2020". Deadline for proposals is June 20, 2021.

3) Das Brecht-Archiv / The Brecht Archive (Berlin)

Check the website of the Brecht Archive at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin:

Here you can also get access to the library holdings of the Brecht-Archive (OPAC) as well as the archival holdings (Archivdatenbank):

New Brecht books 

Stephen Brockmann, ed.: Bertolt Brecht in Context (New York/London: Cambridge University Press, 2021).

Florian Vassen, "einfach zerscheissen": Brecht-Material. Lyrik - Prosa - Theater - Lehrstück (Milow: Schibri Verlag, 2021).

Anja Hartl, Brecht and Post-1990s British Drama: Dialectical Theatre Today (London: Bloomsbury, 2021).

Brecht probt Galilei. 1955/56. Originaltonaufnahmen, ausgewählt und kommentiert von Stephan Suschke mit einem musikalischen Feature von Joachim Werner (Berlin: speak low-Verlag, 2020).

Jürgen Hillesheim, Das Motiv des Baumes in der Lyrik Bertolt Brechts (Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2020).

David Barnett, ed., Bertolt Brecht: Critical and Primary Sources, 3 vols. (London: Bloomsbury, 2020).

Wei Zhang, Chinese Adaptations of Brecht: Appropriation and Intertextuality (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020).

Prateek, Brecht in India: The Poetics and Politics of Transcultural Theatre (London: Routledge, 2020).

Darko Suvin, Brecht's Communist Manifesto Today: Poetry, Utopia, Doctrin (Delhi: Aakar Books, 2020)

Questions about performance rights of Brecht's plays should be directed to the German Brecht publisher, Suhrkamp Verlag:

For English-language performance rights, here.

Brecht's Works in English: A Bibliography

Check this website with over 4200 entries if you want to know whether there is an English version of Brecht's plays, poems, songs, stories, or essays.


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, see:


The IBS is sponsoring two panels on Brecht, Race, and Capitalism’s Global Crises as well as a third roundtable session on the new book Bertolt Brecht in Context, edited by Stephen Brockmann at Cambridge UP (2021). 

45th annual German Studies Association conference from Sept. 30 – Oct. 3, 2021, in Indianapolis, IN.

The IBS is organizing Baustelle Brecht/Müller IV at the Literaturforum im Brecht-Haus Berlin on Dec. 3, 2021. Deadline for proposals is Sept. 1, 2021. Read the CfP in German & English here.

The IBS is sponsoring a panel on Brecht and the Police at the annual convention of the Modern Language Association, scheduled for Jan. 6-9, 2022, in Washington DC.

IBS Election

Every two years elections for the steering committee of the International Brecht Society take place. The nominees for 2020 and 2021 have been elected. The next election takes place in November 2021.

Alle zwei Jahre findet die Wahl des Vorstands der Internationalen Brecht-Gesellschaft statt. Die Kandidatenliste für 2020 und 2021 wurde gewählt. Die nächste Wahl findet im November 2021 statt.

President: Stephen Brockmann (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Vice President: Micha Braun (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: Sylvia Fischer (Berlin, BRD)

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