Egbert Krispyn (essay date 1964)
SOURCE: Krispyn, Egbert. “The Pattern of Pathos.” In Style and Society in German Literary Expressionism, pp. 44-52. Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 1964.
[In the following excerpt, Krispyn examines the trait of pathos, or the desire to awaken an emotional response in the reader, as one of the main characteristics of Expressionist literature.]
The definition of the three main types of expressionist writing is inadequate for evaluating how closely work of other periods may be stylistically related to expressionism. A criterion must be sought which is independent of such themes and topics as hatred of Wilhelmian Germany or faith in a communist paradise. The...
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