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Seminar paper from the year 2016 in the subject German Studies - Modern German Literature, grade: 1,0, University of South Carolina (Department of Languages Literatures and Cultures, German Program), course: CPLT700: Introduction to Graduate Studies in Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, language: English, abstract: Thomas Mann's novella "Death in Venice", which was published in 1912, is regarded as one of the most influential works of German literature in the twentieth century. Literary scholars from all over the world have studied the book from different approaches. One strand of literary criticism that flourished over the last decades and gained prominence in the discourse on "Death in Venice" is the field of masculinity studies. Scholars like Michael Kimmel, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick and R. W. Connell had a significant influence on the theorization of masculinity studies and its practical application over the last years. Drawing upon their findings, contemporary literary critics like Esther K. Bauer (2015), Karsten Essen (2007) and Daniel Marshall (2015) analyzed "Death in Venice" and shed light on the novella's representation and negotiation of masculinity. In their applications of masculinity studies to Thomas Mann's renowned work these scholars either give a general overview on the composition of masculine gender roles in the novella or focus on specific parameters of masculinity, in particular the aspect of homosexuality.
It is certainly true that readings like these contributed to the understanding of ""Death in Venice"" in general and its representation of masculinity in particular. Yet, the highly relevant issue of work ethics as a parameter of masculine identity is clearly understudied. While all of the scholars mentioned above touch upon the aspect of work in the novella, none of them focuses on the representation of work ethics and its relation to the construction of masculinity. That is why I seek to deepen and extend our understanding of how masculinity is negotiated in the novel by uncovering the reciprocal connection between work and masculinity.
First of all, I argue that the representation and negotiation of work ethics in the book is seminal for a thorough understanding of the book and the characterization of its protagonist. Thus, Gustav von Aschenbach's attitude to work and its shift in the course of the novel hold out key insights for the reader's understanding of the main character's trajectory....
- AutorHans Niehues
- Seiten24 Seiten
- Gewicht49 g
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