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Apocalipsis Cum Figuris: Thomas Mann and the Bildungsroman at The Ends of Time

Tobias Boes

in Formative Fictions

Published by Cornell University Press

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780801451775
Published online August 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780801465659
Apocalipsis Cum Figuris: Thomas Mann and the Bildungsroman at The Ends of Time

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This concluding chapter provides an in-depth reading of Thomas Mann's Doctor Faustus, a novel that responds explicitly to the “crisis of historicism” debate that raged in Germany during the interwar years. A large part of the chapter is devoted to a comparison of Mann's thought to that of Friedrich Meinecke, who was Mann's close contemporary and perhaps the last great practitioner of classical historicism in Germany. At the same time, Mann's high-modernist style is undeniably allegorical in nature, which allows the model of the “performative nationalism” at work in the nineteenth-century Bildungsroman to be contrasted with competing claims on the genre as a “national allegory” that have been advanced by Fredric Jameson and Jed Esty.

Keywords: Thomas Mann; historicism; Friedrich Meinecke; performative nationalism; Bildungsroman; Fredric Jameson; Jed Esty; national allegory

Chapter.  13351 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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