The Cambridge Companion to Thomas Mann [NOOK Book]

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Key dimensions of Thomas Mann's writing and life are explored in this collection of specially commissioned essays. In addition to introductory chapters on all the main works of fiction, the essays and diaries, there are four chapters examining Mann's oeuvre in relation to major themes. These thematic explorations include his position as a realistic writer concerned with the history of his own times and as a commentator on German and American politics; his controversial reputation as an intellectual novelist; the ...
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The Cambridge Companion to Thomas Mann

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Overview

Key dimensions of Thomas Mann's writing and life are explored in this collection of specially commissioned essays. In addition to introductory chapters on all the main works of fiction, the essays and diaries, there are four chapters examining Mann's oeuvre in relation to major themes. These thematic explorations include his position as a realistic writer concerned with the history of his own times and as a commentator on German and American politics; his controversial reputation as an intellectual novelist; the literary techniques that enabled his challenging fictions to appeal to a wide audience; and the homosexual subtext running through his fiction and diaries. A final chapter looks at the pitfalls of translating Mann into English. The essays are well supported by supplementary material including a chronology of the period and detailed guides to further reading. Altogether the volume provides an invaluable resource for scholars and students.
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Editorial Reviews

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"...a useful and readable volume that will appeal to students of Mann's writings and those who seek introductory interpretations of his works." Monatshefte

"Written by a group of outstanding scholars familiar with the works of Mann and edited by one of the foremost literary scholars in the field, te essays in this collection are based on the most recent criticism and revelations about Mann...and apply a variety of approaches to Mann's work. A must for all college and university libraries." Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781139816090
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/17/2012
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Ritchie Robertson is Professor of German at Oxford University and Fellow and Tutor of St John's College, Oxford. He is the author of Kafka: Judaism, Politics, and Literature (1985) and Heine (1988), which have also been published in German translation, and The 'Jewish Question' in German Literature, 1749–1939 (1999). He has also published numerous translations from German, including works by Heine and Hoffmann. He is an editor of The Modern Language Review.

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Table of Contents

Notes on the contributors
Preface
Chronology
List of Thomas Mann's works
A note on references and abbreviations
1 Mann and history 1
2 The intellectual world of Thomas Mann 22
3 Mann's literary techniques 43
4 Mann's man's world: gender and sexuality 64
5 Mann's early novellas 84
6 Classicism and its pitfalls: Death in Venice 95
7 The political becomes personal: Disorder and Early Sorrow and Mario and the Magician 107
8 Buddenbrooks: between realism and aestheticism 119
9 The Magic Mountain 137
10 Religion and culture: Joseph and his Brothers 151
11 Doctor Faustus 168
12 Lotte in Weimar 185
13 The Confessions of Felix Krull, Confidence Man 199
14 Mann as essayist 213
15 Mann as diarist 226
16 Mann in English 235
Selected bibliography 249
Index 253
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