Anarchism in the Dramas of Ernst Toller
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This study shows how politics and art intermingled in the life and works of one of the most renowned playwrights of German Expressionism, a man who was in many senses paradigmatic of the non-communist Left in the Weimar Republic. Toller sought to preserve the sanctity of the individual against collectivist assaults from the Right and from the Left, but at the same time to meet the needs of a complex society. Ossar demonstrates that the playwright arrived at solutions that were anarchist in nature, deriving from a long European tradition.
This is the first in-depth book-length study of Toller and his plays published in English.
Michael Ossar is Associate Professor of German at Kansas State University and is editor of Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature.