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Thomas Mann, Novelist of Epidemics

COM 432

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Thomas Mann's two great novels, The Magic Mountain and Doctor Faustus, are more relevant to the present moment than one could wish. These deep and often disturbing meditations on the cultural roots of both World Wars prominently feature epidemics both medical (tuberculosis, syphilis) and political (nationalist aggression and the rise of fascism) in nature. These kaleidoscopic, surprisingly funny works encompass music, art, philosophy, translation, science, pedagogy, and human sexuality as well as history. We will explore the role of Mann's queerness in his fiction, beginning with Death in Venice. Student interests will shape course emphases.
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Section L01

  • Type: Lecture
  • Section: L01
  • Status: O
  • Enrollment: 2
  • Capacity: 20
  • Class Number: 43426
  • Schedule: F 01:30 PM-04:20 PM

Section P01

  • Type: Precept
  • Section: P01
  • Status: O
  • Enrollment: 2
  • Capacity: 20
  • Class Number: 43427