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Translating Brecht


A member of our network, Dr. Tom Kuhn, would like to let you know of the following:

Writing Brecht

Inaugural Symposium

Maplethorpe Seminar Room, St Hugh’s College, Oxford

Friday 15 November 2013


“Writing Brecht” is a new research project led by Dr Tom Kuhn and supported by the AHRC and the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, amongst others. It is concerned with the translation, edition and reception of the works of Bertolt Brecht in the English-speaking world.

Contributors to the symposium will include:

Professor Stephen Parker (Manchester)

– author of  Brecht: A Literary Life (Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2014);
Dr David Barnett (Sussex)

– author of a forthcoming history of the Berliner Ensemble (CUP 2014) and editor of volumes in the project;

Professor Steve Giles (Nottingham)

– editor and translator of volumes of Brecht’s theoretical writings: Brecht on Theatre and Brecht on Performance (both Bloomsbury 2014);

Dr David Constantine (Oxford)

– poet and translator, working on a new edition of Brecht’s poems, with a taster volume of love poems due out in 2014 (with W.W. Norton);

Dr Tom Kuhn (Oxford)

– editor and translator of various volumes of Brecht’s writings, and Principal Investigator.

The symposium will draw together UK scholars working on Brecht, and there will be plenty of time for discussion. Colleagues, students and members of the general public are all welcome. Proceedings are in English. A more detailed programme will be published nearer the time. Admission to the symposium is free, but those wishing to attend are asked to inform birgit.mikus@exeter.ox.ac.uk.

After the symposium there will be a recital and reading of Brecht poems and songs in new translations, in the Maplethorpe Hall from 7pm to c.8.15pm. This is a ticketed event (£8 and £5), by application to birgit.mikus@exeter.ox.ac.uk


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