Date of Defense




First Advisor

Dr. David P. Karsten


This study evolved from 1) a preliminary investigation of certain plays which are now categorized under the genre of German Expressionist drama, and 2) a cursory examination of Soren Kierkegaard's The Concept of Dread. Further study of Expressionist plays and Kierkegaard's writings suggested that Kierkegaard's philosophical concept of dread occurs as a thematic statement in German Expressionist drama, and is manifested in the techniques employed by German dramatists of the Expressionist period. This study is, therefore, the result of concentrated investigation into both Kierkegaard's concept of dread and the drama of German Expressionism and a gradual realization that there might be a relationship between Kierkegaard's concept of dread and certain dramatic techniques of German Expressionist drama.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only