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Tobias Boes
University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN 46556-4635)

Thomas Mann, American Culture, and the Making of a Modern Writer

This proposed book manuscript will examine the processes by which the work of the German modernist author Thomas Mann was translated, imitated, adapted and interpreted in the United States during the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. During this period Mann reached the zenith of his popular acclaim in America, selling hundreds of thousands of books. I will argue that over the course of these decades, a time in which his works were largely unavailable in Germany because of a ban by the Nazis, Mann became the first author in the history of world literature to write books in the conscious knowledge that they would have their main impact in translation. In this, he anticipates contemporary authors such as Milan Kundera, Haruki Murakami, or Orhan Pamuk.

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Project fields:
American Literature; Comparative Literature; German Literature

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Total amounts:
$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 12/31/2015