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An Anthology of German Expressionist Drama
An Anthology of German Expressionist Drama Author:Walter H. Sokel The literary upheaval that spread through Europe in the first decades of this century found its most distinctive form in German Expressionist drama, one of the forerunners of the modern Theatre of the Absurd. The movement was characterized by revolt against prevailing mores and institutions, an attempt to capture the subliminal suggestiveness of... more » the dream, and by extremism. This anthology, selected by Walter H. Sokel, Associate Professor of German Literature and Humanities at Columbia University, illustrates the common preoccupations and the strikingly different techniques of the movement. Among the plays are:
Reinhard Sorge's The Beggar, Carl Sternheim's "comedy" The Strong Box, two plays by the expressionist painter Oskar Kokoschka, and George Kaiser's Alkibiades Saved. The last play, Brecht's Baal (appearing here for the first time in English in a translation by Eric Bentley and Martin Esslin) clearly indicates the direction to be taken by Brecht himself, and by others, and points the way to the spirit of Camus, Genet, and the nihilism of the mid-century.
Four manifestoes on their art by Kaiser, Ludwig Ribuner, Paul Kornfeld, and Yvan Goll preface the colection, and in his detailed Introducton, Professor Sokel explres the social and literary origins of the works and interprets the playwrights' aims and techniques to give a clear and comprehensive definition of the genre.« less