Honors | Art & Intellect vs. Life
H203 | 26187 | Henry Remak
This section fulfills the COAS Topics Requirement
Topic: Art & Intellect vs Life: Short Fiction by Thomas Mann
(primarily), Andre Gide and James Joyce
The principle purpose of this topical seminar, which will be in depth
rather than rushing through as many pages as possible, is to discuss
short fiction (seven stories) plus one chapter ("Snow") from Mann's
major novel. The Magic Mountain (1924), by Thomas Mann (1875-1955),
probably the most universally renowned German prose writer of this
century, a figure of world literature and well translated into
English, and one short novel (The Immoralist, 1902) by a
correspondingly great French novelist, Andre Gide (1869-1951).
Throughout his work Mann is fascinated by the conflict between Art
and Intellect, on the one hand, and the normal pleasures and
satisfactions of "Life," on the other. It is not just a matter of
external conflict between Art, Intellect and "Life": there is a
profound internal dilemma felt by gifted souls (writers, composers,
actors, intellectuals) between their calling and less problematic
visions of 'normalcy,' of happiness, popular acclaim, success, or
physical satisfaction. Gide treats a similar theme in the Immoralist.
We will read the stories in the order listed in the course outline.
1) Tristan (1902)
[The Blood of the Walsungs (1905)]
2) Tonio Kroger (1903)
3) Death of Venice (1911)
4) Andre Gide, The Immoralist (1902)
5) Felix Krull, Part 1 of Book 1 (1911)
6) Disorder and Early Sorrow (1925)
7) Mario and the Magician (1930)
8) Chapter "Snow" from Mann's The Magic Mountain (1924)
There are only two texts:
1) Thomas Mann, Death in Venice & Seven Other Stories, Vintage
2) Andre Gide, The Immoralist, Vintage paperback
Please buy the texts in these particular editions.
Feel free to get in touch with me at any time if you have any
Feel free to call me at home: 336-3188.
All the best,
Henry H.H. Remak