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Title:
The Cambridge companion to Thomas Mann
Author:
Robertson, Ritchie.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
xiii, 257 pages ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
Contents:
Mann and history / T.J. Reed -- The intellectual world of Thomas Mann / Paul Bishop -- Mann's literary techniques / Michael Minden -- Mann's man's world: gender and sexuality / Andrew J. Webber -- Mann's early novellas / Mark M. Anderson -- Classicism and its pitfalls: Death in Venice / Ritchie Robertson -- The political becomes personal: Disorder and early sorrow and Mario and the magician / Alan Bance -- Buddenbrooks: between realism and aestheticism / Judith Ryan -- The magic mountain / Michael Beddow -- Religion and culture: Joseph and his brothers / Wolf-Daniel Hartwich -- Doctor Faustus / Susan von Rohr Scaff -- Lotte in Weimar / Yahya Elsaghe -- The confessions of Felix Krull, confidence man / Frederick A. Lubich -- Mann as essayist / Hinrich Siefken -- Mann as diarist / T.J. Reed -- Mann in English / Timothy Buck.
Reading Level:
1520 Lexile.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780521653107

9780521653701
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

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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Choice Review

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, the essays in this collection are based on the most recent criticism and revelations about Mann (one thinks particularly of his diaries, which began to be published in the 1970s and which reveal his homosexuality) and apply a variety of approaches to Mann's work. The contributors do not ride hobbyhorses; their essays are up-to-date, well informed, and largely mainstream. As one would expect, Magic Mountain, Dr. Faustus, Death in Venice, the early novellas, and the political novellas (e.g., Mario and the Magician) receive most of the attention, but Robertson (Oxford Univ.) includes insightful articles on Mann's diaries, on the underestimated Lotte in Weimar, on Buddenbrooks. One of the most interesting pieces--Timothy Buck's "Mann in English"--points out that not only the earlier English translations of Mann's works, but even the most recent translations of Magic Mountain and Buddenbrooks are flawed. The fact is that after a century of translation, readers and scholars still do not have an accurate English rendition of Mann's admittedly difficult German texts (the exception: David Luke's wonderful translation of Death in Venice). A must for all college and university libraries. J. Hardin emeritus, University of South Carolina


Table of Contents

Chronology
1 Mann in historyT. J. Reed
2 Mann's intellectual worldPaul Bishop
3 Mann's literary techniquesMichael Minden
4 Mann's man's world: gender and sexualityAndrew Webber
5 Thomas Mann's early novellasMark M. Anderson
6 Classicism and its pitfalls: Death in VeniceRitchie Robertson
7 The personal becomes political: Disorder and Early Sorrow and Mario and the MagicianAlan Bance
8 Buddenbrooks: between realism and aestheticismJudith Ryan
9 The Magic MountainMichael Beddow
10 Religion and culture: Joseph and his BrothersWolf-Daniel Hartwich
11 Doctor FaustusSusan Von Rohr Scaff
Lotte in Wiemar Yahya Elsaghe
13 The Confessions of Felix Krull, Confidence ManFrederick Lubich
14 Mann as essayistHinrich Siefken
15 Mann as diaristT. J. Reed
16 Mann in EnglishTimothy Buck