Ultimate Irony

Saint Aschenbach in the Purgatory of Sex and Art

What Aschenbach as artist fails to accomplish, the fusion of Dionysian revelry with Apollinian form, Mann himself does accomplish in this novella. The passion and instinctual power the novella thematizes is held in check by the careful formal organization, the stylistic distance, the rational control of Mann’s narrator. (c)

..and much more for “Death in Venice”┬ádiscussion┬áprep for tomorrow can be found here.

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  1. Thanks for calling attn to this allusion (p. 9 in the Norton). What exactly do you mean by “ultimate irony,” Suel?

    By the way, that link to Richard Gray‘s lecture notes on the novella is really useful. Lots to talk about today.

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