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Glossary of Literary Theory
A movement in art, drama, and literature which sought to objectify and
"express" inner experience by rejecting canons of realism
and representation. As a literary movement, expressionism flourished in
the German theater of the 1920s and concretely dramatized both a Freudian
sense of the predominance of the irrational and unconscious in the human
mind and a Marxist sense of the alienation of the individual in mass society.
Such drama was characterized by antirealistic settings, ni.htmlarish actions,
fragmented dialogue, and a general distortion of external reality. The
exploitation of a radical stream-of-consciousness technique in those antirealistic
novels that dislocate time and logic also falls under the category of expressionism,
as does the species of modern poetry that deliberately eliminates connective
or transitional passages and juxtaposes images without explanation.
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