Brecht and Drama / Theatre



Most articles after 1984 are available as computer file. Details of translations of items below into other languages are noted in my c.v. (see


Dva vida dramaturgije [Two Aspects of Dramaturgy], essays on  theatre. Zagreb: razlog, 1964. 183p.

Uvod u Brechta [An Introduction to Brecht]. Zagreb: Školska knjiga, 1970. 290p.

Dramatika Iva Vojnovića. Dubrovnik (special issue entirely devoted to this text) no. 5/6 (1977): 2‑370.

To Brecht and Beyond: Soundings in Modern Dramaturgy. Brighton: Harvester P, and Totowa NJ: Barnes & Noble, 1984. xii+276p. ISBN 0-389-20463-3; available at

[PART C, PP. 107-202, OF] Darko Suvin: A Life in Letters. Ed. Ph.E. Wegner. Vashon Island WA 98070: Paradoxa, 2011.  366p.  ISBN 1-929512-34-8.

[PART OF]  In Leviathan’s Belly: Essays for a Counter-Revolutionary Time. Baltimore MD: Wildside P for Borgo P, 2012. 364p. ISBN 978-1-4344-4519-3; also as e-book.

Brechtovo ustvarjanje in horizont komunizma [Brecht’s Creativity and the Horizon of Communism]. Transl. S. Knop, ed. A. Milohnič. Ljubljana: MLG, 2016399 pp. ISBN 978961-6369-40-4.


Bertolt Brecht, Dijalektika u teatru (Dialectics in the Theatre)‑‑selected, edited, and translated with notes and Preface. Beograd: Nolit, 1966. 298p.; 2nd augmented edn. 1980. 340p.

Bertolt Brecht: St. Joan of the Slaughterhouses, programme booklet‑‑selected, partly written, and edited. Montréal: McGill Univ., 1973. 40p.

Co‑editor (with M.D.  Bristol) of A Production Notebook to Brecht’s “St. Joan of the Stockyards” (includes one essay of mine). Montreal: McGill Univ., 1973. 250p.

Brecht’s Koriolane, programme booklet‑‑selected and edited. Montreal: McGill Univ., 1976. 40p.

IN BOOKS BY VARIOUS HANDS (select list after 1980)

“Semiotički pogled na neke vidove Vojnovićeve dramaturgije” [A Semiotic View of V’s Dramaturgy], in F. Čale ed.,  O djelu Iva Vojnovića. Zagreb: Yugoslav Academy of Science and Art, 1981, 319‑46.

“Vojnović’s Dramaturgy and Its European Context,” in M. Beker ed., Comparative Studies in Croatian Literature. Zagreb: Zavod za znanost o književnosti, 1981, 337‑57.

“Dramaturgy and Literature,” in E. Kushner ed., Renewals in the Theory of Literary History. Otta­wa: The Royal Society of Canada, 1984, 77‑88.

On Dramaturgic Agents and Krleža’s Agential Structure.Modern Drama 27 (1984): 80‑97.

“The Performance Text as Audience‑Stage Dialog Inducing a Possible World.” Versus no. 42 (1985): 3‑20 (also published in Italian).

“Brecht’s Parable of Heavenly Food: Life of Galileo.” Essays on Brecht. Brecht Yearbook 15 (1990): 187‑214.

“The Popular Ballad as Dramaturgic Catalyzer and John Arden’s Armstrong’s Last Goodnight,” in G. Ahrends and H.‑J. Diller eds., Unconventional Conventions in Theatre Texts. Tübingen: Narr, 1990, 43‑52.

“Approach to Topoanalysis and to the Paradigmatics of Dramaturgic Space,” in H. Schmid and H. Král eds., Drama und Theater: Theorie‑‑Methode‑‑Geschichte. München: Sagner, 1991, 82‑111 (in Japanese 1990).

“Einige Überlegungen samt zwei Arbeitshypothesen über den Horizont des europäischen Studententhea­ters, 1956‑67,” in Liber Amicorum de Dragan Nedeljković. Ed. M. Joković. Beograd‑Nancy: n.p., 1993, 206‑13. [partly in “Sur le contexte du Théâtre Universitaire.” Théâtre et Université [Nancy] no. 11 (1967): 42.]

“Heavenly Food Denied: Life of Galileo,” in P. Thomson and G. Sacks eds., The Cambridge Companion to Brecht.  Cambridge:  Cambridge UP, 1994, 139‑52 (in Greek N. Valavani ed., Bertolt Brecht 2002, rpt. 2004).

“A Brief Introduction to Senda Koreya, Theater Director and Brechtian”; and “Senda Koreya’s Direct­ing History” plus “Meine Brecht‑Rezeption” by Senda Koreya (ed. and annotated). Brecht Yearbook 19 (1994): 291‑95 and 296‑345.

“A Modest Proposal for the Semi‑Demi Deconstruction of (Shakespeare as) Cultural Construction,” in L. Innocenti et al. eds., Semeia: Itinerari per Marcello Pagnini. Bologna: Il Mulino, 1994, 67‑76.

“Sabine Kebir, Ich fragte nicht nach meinem Anteil.” Brecht Yearbook 24 (1999): 386‑96; shortened German transl. “Űber Frauen und Brecht.” Weimarer Beiträge no. 3 (1999): 449-58 [review article].

Haltung (Bearing) and Emotions: Brecht’s Refunctioning of Conservative Metaphors for Agency,” in T. Jung ed., Zweifel ‑ Fragen ‑ Vorschläge: Bertolt Brecht anlässlich des Einhundertsten. Osloer Beiträge zur Germanistik 23. Frankfurt a.M.: Lang V, 1999, 43‑58.

“On the Epistemology and Pragmatics of Intercultural Theatre Studies,” in G. Berghaus ed., New Approaches to Theatre Studies and Performance Analysis. Tübingen: Niemeyer, 2001, 31-44 (transl. into Croatian 2000).

“Haltung,” entry in Historisch-kritisches Wörterbuch des Marxismus, Vol. 5. Hamburg: Argument, 2002, col. 1134-42.

“Sabine Kebir. Mein Herz liegt neben der Schreibmaschine” [review]. Brecht Yearbook 32 (2007):  420-24.

„Reflections on and at a Tangent from >Bertolt Brecht und der Kommunismus<.“ Brecht Yearbook 34 (2009): 267-73; different German version as “Bertolt Brecht und der Kommunismus“ [editor’s title], Das Argument no. 293 (2011): 539-45.

„Emotion, Brecht, Empathy vs.  Sympathy“, The Brecht Yearbook 33 (2008): 53–67 (rpt. in Frakcija no. 58-59 [2011]: 27-39; Croatian transl. ibidem).  


(select list, mainly after 1980, in major languages only — and after 2002 also in Croatoserbian)
Many items below can be downloaded from or; those after ca. 1984 not found can be obtained from the author by email upon asking.

“The Mirror and the Dynamo,” in Erika Munk ed., Brecht.  New York: Bantam, 1972, 80-98    (orig. in The Drama R.12.1 [1967]).

“Politics, Performance, and the Organisational Mediation: The Paris Commune Theatre Law,” in my book To Brecht and Beyond: Soundings in Modern Dramaturgy. Brighton: Harvester P, and Totowa NJ: Barnes & Noble, 1984, 83-111 (orig. in The Drama R.13.4 [1969]; French 1971).

“Reflections on Happenings,” in Mariellen R Sandford ed., Happenings and Other Acts. London & New York: Routledge, 1995, reprint 2005, 241-62 (orig. in The Drama R.14.3 [1970]).

“La Vision des drames expressionistes de M. Krleža et la conscience plébeienne croate.” [Transl. Jeannine Matillon?] Most/ Le Pont [Zagreb] no. 1/2 (1982): 25‑45 (abridged in English in Mosaic 6.4 [1973]: 169‑83).   [Transl. of original from 1964.]

“On Dramaturgic Agents and Krleža’s Agential Structure.” Modern Drama 27 (1984): 80‑97.

“The Performance Text as Audience‑Stage Dialog Inducing a Possible World.” Versus no. 42 (1985): 3‑20 (also in Italian).

“Brechtian or Pseudo‑Brechtian: Mythical Estrangement in the Berliner Ensemble Adaptation of Corio­lanus.” Assaph (Theatre Studies) no. 3 (1986): 135‑58.

“Weiss’s Marat/Sade and its Three Main Performance Versions.” Modern Drama (Oct. 1988): 395‑419.

“Brecht’s Life of Galileo: Scientistic Extrapolation or Analogy of the Knower?” Forum Modernes Theater 5.2 (1990): 119‑38.

“Brecht: Bearing, Pedagogy, Productivity.” Gestos 5.10 (1990): 11‑28.

Nô‑Theater” (review). Monumenta Nipponica 46.1 (1991): 133‑36.

“The Yamabushi.” Communications from the Int’l Brecht Society 20.1‑2 (1991): 42‑52.

“The Soul and the Sense: Meditations on Roland Barthes on Japan.” Canadian R. of Comparative Lit. 18.4 (1991): 499‑531 (Japanese in Gendai shisô 19.10 (1991): 251‑68 and 19.11 (1991): 208‑22; rpt. in  Roland Barthes, Vol.1. Eds. M. Gane & N. Gane. L: Thousand Oaks, & Sage Publ., 2006).

“Burehito‑no‑kai (The Brecht Group) Experimental Performances” by Senda Koreya (ed. and annotated). Communications from the Int’l Brecht Society 22.2 (1993): 59‑69.

“Revelation  vs.  Conflict: A Lesson from Nô Plays for a Comparative Dramaturgy.” Theatre J. 46.4 (1994): 523‑38.

“The  Use‑Value of Dying: Magical vs. Cognitive Utopian Desire in the ‘Learning Plays’  of  Pseudo‑Zenchiku, Waley, and Brecht.” Brock R. 3.2 (1994): 95‑126 [somewhat different Japanese version in Hihyô kûkan 1993).

“On Haltung, Agency, and Emotions in Brecht: Prolegomena.” Communications from the Int’l Brecht Society 24.1 (1995): 65‑77 [also in Frakcija no. 8 (1998): 92‑97 and 116‑20].

“Deity  vs.  Warrior Nô Plays.” J. of Theatre and Drama [Haifa] 2 (1996): 133‑51.

“Centennial Politics: On Jameson on Brecht on Method.” New Left R. no. 234 (1999): 127‑40, <> (German in Dreigroschenheft (1999) and shortened in Das Argument no. 232 (1999); Croatian in 1999; Slovene in 2006).

“Bertolt Brecht: The Manifesto” [transl.] and “On Brecht’s The Manifesto: Comments for Readers in English.” Socialism and Democracy 16.1 (2002): 1-31, and (2nd item in different German version Das Argument no. 282 [2009]: 607-15).

“Brecht’s Philosophy of Practical Living: The  Haltungen (Bearings) of Learning, Producing, Love.” (shortened Greek version in 2009).

“O Bogdanu, o sjećanju, o teatru kao utopijskoj radosti [About Bogdan Jerković, Memory, and Theatre as Utopian Joy].” Gordogan [Zagreb] no. 15-18 (2008-09): 197-203;