Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. W. D. Taylor
This thesis examines the use of Expressionism, and expressionist elements in the plays of four writers that were part of the Lost Generation. The thesis gives a brief history and definition of Expressionism. It also looks at the plays chronologically, and notes how the use of German Expressionism, present in the early works of Rice and Lawson, was discarded by the later authors in favor of the less-political elements of Expressionism that were originally developed by August Strindberg. Authors and plays include: Elmer Rice's The Adding Machine, John Howard Lawson's Roger Bloomer and Processional, Thomas Wolfe's Welcome to Our City and Mannerhouse, and Djuna Barnes' The Antiphon.
Ellis, Robert Andrew, "Expressionist playwrights from the Lost Generation : the move away from German expressionism" (1999). Master's Theses. 626.