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Title: The literary relationship between Klaus and Thomas Mann
Author: Malcolm, Fiona
ISNI:       0000 0004 2695 0098
Awarding Body: The University of Kent
Current Institution: University of Kent
Date of Award: 2003
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The publication of the diaries of Thomas Mann has led to increased scholarly interest in this writer as a private man. The writer's son, Klaus, has also attracted increasing attention in recent years. Much of this attention has emanated from biased standpoints, however, such as psychological, gay studies or political. This study is the first examination dedicated to the literary relationship between father and son. It seeks to maintain an unbiased view, concentrating on the writings and avoiding unfounded speculation. Chapter 1 provides an in-depth examination of existing studies, setting this thesis in its context. Chapter 2 then undertakes to analyse the early writings of Klaus, in comparison with writings by Thomas, demonstrating the existence of a dialogue-in-literature in these writings. The third chapter provides a detailed comparison of the diaries of father and son. Chapter 4 conducts an examination of the political undertakings and stance of both figures, and questions some of the standard conclusions, for example regarding the political development of Klaus. Fresh findings are imparted, for example on the Decision affair. Chapter 5 examines later writings, focusing primarily on Klaus' Alexander (1929), and demonstrating the continuity of themes in the author's writings. A hitherto unexplored source for one of Thomas' literary figures is also considered. The final chapter compares Thomas' Doktor Faustus with his son's earlier Mephisto and other writings, with ground-breaking results. This chapter also demonstrates that important sources for Thomas' novel have not been acknowledged. The idea of a father exerting an influence on the writings and approach of his son is not a surprising one. A less expected outcome of such an examination is that of the influence of a son on the approach and writings of his father. Given the status of Thomas Mann, in contrast to that of his son, such an outcome would be even more unexpected. This examination has, nevertheless, dared to pose the question as to whether such an influence could be possible. It is hoped that the results of this examination will constitute a significant advancement on previous scholarship of these two writers.
Supervisor: Durrani, Osman Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: P Language and Literature