‘Good Building’: Bertolt Brecht’s Utopian Historical Optimism at the End of World War II

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Gerhard Fischer


The article focuses on the works of Bertolt Brecht which depicts his insights regarding the reconstruction of Germany. Such works include the story "The City Builder" and the plays "Caucasian Chalk Circle" and "The Days of the Commune." It discusses his principles of what he considers as good building as well as the three criteria addressed in good building which include size, time, and beauty.

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Gerhard Fischer, University of New South Wales

Gerhard Fischer faha is head of German Studies at the University of New South Wales. He has published widely on modern German literature, on drama and theatre, multiculturalism and on Australian and migration history. Recent books include GRIPS. Geschichte eines populären Theaters, 1966–2000 (2002), and (as editor, with Bernhard Greiner) The Play within the Play (2007). He is the convenor of the Sydney German Studies Symposia and is currently planning the next event in this series (on the topic of Collective Creativity, July 2009).