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Thomas Mann, American Culture, and the Making of a Modern Writer
Tobias Boes, University of Notre Dame
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Thomas Mann, World Author: Representation and Autonomy in the World Republic of Letters (Article)
Title: Thomas Mann, World Author: Representation and Autonomy in the World Republic of Letters
Author: Boes, Tobias
Abstract: In this article, I present an argument for Thomas Mann as a prototypical “world author,” a term I use to refer to writers who take an active interest in managing the global reception of their works. What makes Thomas Mann especially interesting in this context is that he achieved global recognition not despite, but rather precisely because of his identification with a national culture: during the 1930s and 1940s, he essentially became the spokesman for the “other Germany” suppressed by the Nazis. This sort of equation would become commonplace over the following decades, especially with authors from the developing world. Reading Thomas Mann as a world author thus affords us a new perspective not only on his own life and work, but also on his position within literary history.
Primary URL: http://www.utpjournals.press/toc/seminar/51/2
Primary URL Description: Seminar Online.
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Periodical Title: Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies
Publisher: University of Toronto Press