The course will use Thomas Mann’s two essays, Schopenhauer and Nietzsches Philosophie im Lichte unserer Erfahrung, to explore Mann’s essayistic style and to discuss his understanding and adaptation of the two philosophers and their influence on his fiction. The results of this analysis will then be applied to Thomas Mann’s three Künstlernovellen, Tonio Kröger, Tristan and Der Tod in Venedig, to place the work into a broader cultural context and to achieve a deeper understanding.
Required texts: Thomas Mann, Der Tod in Venedig und andere Erzählungen.60. Aufl. (Fischer). The essays will be included in a reader.