Definitions about Brecht: Modernism: A movement which highlights the human ability to create. Progress and the"new" is important and highly valued. This segued into post-modernism where interpretation is up to the individual and critiques established traditionalism. Neue Sachlichkeit: (new sobriety, new objectivity, new matter-of-factness) Brecht's work in the 1920's especially identifies with this approach which values collaboration over the individual. Courtesy of Elizabeth Mueller, Dramaturg.