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Ironice verheiratet? Thomas Manns frühe Novelle Der Wille zum Glück als eine narrative Konkretisierung von Nietzsches Zur Genealogie der Moral

Benjamin Biebuyck UGent (2017) GERMANICA. 60. p.47-65
abstract
In the summer of 1896 the journal Simplicissimus published in three instalments the novella Der Wille zum Glück. Thomas Mann had written the text only a few months earlier, after a trip to Italy together with his brother Heinrich. It tells the life-story of a critically ill artist, who is kept alive by the desire to be united with his loved one – by his ‘will to happiness’ –, until his desire is fulfilled. Mann’s writing at this moment of time stood under the intellectual constellation of Schopenhauer, Wagner and Nietzsche. As far as Nietzsche is concerned, researchers have restricted themselves to punctual references: the title, the formula “pathos of distance”, animal imagery. Aim of this article is to demonstrate that the novella documents an in-depth and systematic reception of the third chapter of Nietzsche’s Genealogy of Morality. It turns out that the artist is not an example of the fluidity of the will, but rather represents an atypical variant of the ascetic priest, who in Nietzsche’s philosophy functionalizes suffering in order to obtain power. The narrative materialization of Nietzsche’s architext activates a form of irony that was new to the young Mann and only becomes visible for the informed reader: intertextual irony, which reveals behind the tragic appearance of the novella an entirely different comical dimension.
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Friedrich Nietzsche, genealogy, ascetic ideals, intertextuality, irony, decadence, narrative materialization, will to power
journal title
GERMANICA
editor
Martine Benoit and Carola Hähnel-Mesnard
volume
60
issue title
Thomas Mann au tournant du siècle
pages
19 pages
publisher
CeGes Université Charles-de-Gaulle Lille-III
place of publication
Lille
ISSN
2107-0784
language
German
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yes
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A2
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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8524329
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-8524329
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2017-06-20 09:04:33
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2017-06-22 13:10:53
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  author       = {Biebuyck, Benjamin},
  editor       = {Benoit, Martine and H{\"a}hnel-Mesnard, Carola},
  issn         = {2107-0784},
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  language     = {ger},
  pages        = {47--65},
  publisher    = {CeGes Universit{\'e} Charles-de-Gaulle Lille-III},
  title        = {Ironice verheiratet? Thomas Manns fr{\"u}he Novelle Der Wille zum Gl{\"u}ck als eine narrative Konkretisierung von Nietzsches Zur Genealogie der Moral},
  volume       = {60},
  year         = {2017},
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Chicago
Biebuyck, Benjamin. 2017. “Ironice Verheiratet? Thomas Manns Frühe Novelle Der Wille Zum Glück Als Eine Narrative Konkretisierung Von Nietzsches Zur Genealogie Der Moral.” Ed. Martine Benoit and Carola Hähnel-Mesnard. Germanica 60: 47–65.
APA
Biebuyck, Benjamin. (2017). Ironice verheiratet? Thomas Manns frühe Novelle Der Wille zum Glück als eine narrative Konkretisierung von Nietzsches Zur Genealogie der Moral. (M. Benoit & C. Hähnel-Mesnard, Eds.)GERMANICA, 60, 47–65.
Vancouver
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Biebuyck B. Ironice verheiratet? Thomas Manns frühe Novelle Der Wille zum Glück als eine narrative Konkretisierung von Nietzsches Zur Genealogie der Moral. Benoit M, Hähnel-Mesnard C, editors. GERMANICA. Lille: CeGes Université Charles-de-Gaulle Lille-III; 2017;60:47–65.
MLA
Biebuyck, Benjamin. “Ironice Verheiratet? Thomas Manns Frühe Novelle Der Wille Zum Glück Als Eine Narrative Konkretisierung Von Nietzsches Zur Genealogie Der Moral.” Ed. Martine Benoit & Carola Hähnel-Mesnard. GERMANICA 60 (2017): 47–65. Print.