Literary Expressionism Criticism: Expressionism In Germany - Essay

Egbert Krispyn (essay date 1964)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Krispyn, Egbert. “Expressionists and Expressionism.” In Style and Society in German Literary Expressionism, pp. 25-43. Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 1964.

[In the following excerpt, Krispyn presents an overview of “expressionist” writers in Germany, emphasizing that their goals and style diverged too widely to fit under the umbrella of Expressionism.]

The ambivalent feelings with which the expressionists from their position on the periphery of society regarded their fellow citizens determined the expressionist world view. Their feeling of hostility towards the community from which they were excluded, and whose values they had recognized as...

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Ulrich Weisstein (essay date May 1981)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Weisstein, Ulrich. “German Literary Expressionism: An Anatomy.” German Quarterly 54, no. 3 (May 1981): 262-83.

[In the following essay, Weisstein describes some of the significant differences and dichotomies inherent in the various strands of German Expressionism.]


Any attempt to analyze the most striking and characteristic features of a complex entity like Expressionism, which some regard as a typisch deutscher Gegenstand,1 must be prefaced by some methodological observations. As I have come to realize after ploughing through the vast amount of scholarship on the subject, the crux of the matter is the use, or...

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