Diagnostic Form: Reflections on Generic Issues in Thomas Mann's Narrative Work
Author: Swales, Martin
Source: Oxford German Studies, Volume 34, Number 2, 2005 , pp. 211-216(6)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:This paper draws attention to the omnipresent self-consciousness of so much of Mann's narrative art. Time and again the narrative performance is one that thematizes itself, and in the process it invites us, the readers, to reflect on the generic mode of the text before us (Novelle, realistic novel, Bildungsroman, historical novel, symbolic panorama). The yield of this reflectivity is, above all, diagnostic. The texts in question enable us to understand critically the cultural specificity of human experience.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2005