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Berlin: Expressionism, Dada, Neue Sachlichkeit

Richard J. Murphy

in The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199545445
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199545445.013.0038

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Berlin: Expressionism, Dada, Neue Sachlichkeit

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This article examines the significance of Berlin as a centre of modernity for a great many young artists and writers during the so-called Expressionist decade of 1910–20. It explains that during this period, Berlin exerted a more powerful attraction than scarcely any other city upon aspiring poets, dramatists, painters, photographers, film makers, and artists, of all kinds and from many different countries. The article discusses Dadaism and the Neue Sachlichkeit movement, and suggests that despite Berlin's embodiment of modernity and its fascination with everything new, Expressionism remained very much a subculture.

Keywords: Berlin; modernity; expressionism; Dadaism; Neue Sachlichkeit; subculture

Article.  8711 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (20th Century onwards) ; Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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