Edinburgh German Yearbook 5: Brecht and the GDR: Politics, Culture, Posterity

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9781571134929: Edinburgh German Yearbook 5: Brecht and the GDR: Politics, Culture, Posterity
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Bradley and Leeder have done an admirable job of organizing the essays into a comprehensive and cohesive overview of Brecht's life and legacy in East Germany. . . . (T)his work makes a compelling case for the lasting importance of Brecht's contributions to German culture, not only during the prime of his career, but in its sometimes ambiguous twilight as well. GERMAN STUDIES REVIEW A valuable addition to an excellent series, this volume focuses on Brecht's relationship with the GDR: his life and work there from May 1949 when he moved to East Berlin, the GDR's controversial management of his legacy after his death in 1956, and the creative responses to his work before and after the demise of the country. Through careful structuring and judicious cross-referencing, the volume's eleven essays achieve a degree of coherence not always found in similar collaborative enterprises. . . . (The final two) essays assert . . . the unmistakable relevance of Brecht's work to a critical understanding of the destructive impact of neo-liberalism and globalization on present-day realities. --Ian Wallace, MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW (G)uides readers through a complex world . . . . I emerged from (reading) the book energized and excited, with several resolutions and new insights. . . . (The volume) not only fill(s) a gap in the discussion of Brecht after 1949, but also . . . propels Brecht's critiques into an unknown future. . . . This book offers one of (the) keys to a vast collection of Brecht scholarship. BRECHT YEARBOOK (B)oth useful and usable. Readers unfamiliar with Brecht's "Wirkung" in the GDR can use it as a starting point for further inquiry, but it also points out directions in Brecht research that will offer new perspectives for experts in fields such as Brecht's theatrical and musical legacy or his late poetry. . . . (L)ay(s) to rest any claims that Brecht's influence on German culture is on the decline. GERMAN QUARTERLY "Bradley and Leeder have done an admirable job of organizing the essays into a comprehensive and cohesive overview of Brecht's life and legacy in East Germany. . . . (T)his work makes a compelling case for the lasting importance of Brecht's contributions to German culture, not only during the prime of his career, but in its sometimes ambiguous twilight as well." --GERMAN STUDIES REVIEW

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(I)lluminating . . . . (T)his compelling volume offers new insights into Brecht's legacy during the GDR and should invite further research not only into Brecht but also into GDR cultural policy. THEATRE RESEARCH INTERNATIONAL The interplay between the essays . . . is to the great credit of the editors. . . . Through the investigation of the role of Brecht's heirs, his collaborators, and his artistic successors, the book is successful in moving the debate forward. DREIGROSCHENHEFT (G)uides readers through a complex world . . . . I emerged from (reading) the book energized and excited, with several resolutions and new insights. . . . (The volume) not only fill(s) a gap in the discussion of Brecht after 1949, but also . . . propels Brecht's critiques into an unknown future. . . . This book offers one of (the) keys to a vast collection of Brecht scholarship. BRECHT YEARBOOK (B)oth useful and usable. Readers unfamiliar with Brecht's "Wirkung" in the GDR can use it as a starting point for further inquiry, but it also points out directions in Brecht research that will offer new perspectives for experts in fields such as Brecht's theatrical and musical legacy or his late poetry. . . . (L)ay(s) to rest any claims that Brecht's influence on German culture is on the decline. GERMAN QUARTERLY (A) reliable source of information on aspects of (Brecht's) complex life and work in the GDR, the way in which his legacy was "managed," and his influence on posterity. . . . We shall never know the exact nature of Brecht's ambivalent relationship with the GDR, but this volume provides us with some interesting angles. Many of the scholars featured here have worked on, or are completing, larger studies of the topics they consider, and the result is therefore authoritative and often new. JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN STUDIES

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