The devil in disguise : a comparative study of Thomas Mann's "Doktor Faustus" (1947) and Klaus Mann's "Mephisto" (1936), focussing on the role of art as an allegory of the rise and fall of Nazi Germany

French, R. S. C. (2009) The devil in disguise : a comparative study of Thomas Mann's "Doktor Faustus" (1947) and Klaus Mann's "Mephisto" (1936), focussing on the role of art as an allegory of the rise and fall of Nazi Germany. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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This thesis compares the novels Doktor Faustus: das Leben des deutschen Tonsetzers Adrian Leverkühn, erzählt von einem Freunde (Thomas Mann) and Mephisto: Roman einer Karriere (Klaus Mann), insofar as they are portrayals of the situation in Germany during the Third Reich. Essentially a comparative study, I explore similarities and differences – thematic and conceptual – by situating both novels in their socio-historical moment (Chapter 1), exploring their conceptions of German national identity (Chapter 2), tracing intertextual connections to other works (Chapter 3), and, finally, examining their understanding of and reliance on art as insofar as it provides the allegorical framework for their respective portrayals of Nazi Germany (Chapter 4).

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Faustus; Mephisto; German identity; aesthetic theory; intertextuality; exilliteratur; widerstand
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PF West Germanic > German
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > School of Languages > German Studies
Supervisors:Weber, U.
ID Code:1634
Deposited By: Nicolene Mvinjelwa
Deposited On:28 Apr 2010 12:20
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