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Formative FictionsNationalism, Cosmopolitanism, and the "Bildungsroman"$
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Tobias Boes

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451775

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451775.001.0001

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

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

(p.155) Conclusion Apocalipsis Cum Figuris: Thomas Mann and the Bildungsroman at The Ends of Time
Formative Fictions

Tobias Boes

Cornell University Press

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

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