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Thomas Mann's Death in Venice or Plutarch's way towards Eros
Gilabert Barberà, Pau
Universitat de Barcelona
In Death in Venice Thomas Mann refers explicitly to Plato's Symposium and Phaedrus in order to explain the relationship between Gustav von Aschenbach and Tadzio but he hides that his novel also depends on Plutarch's Eroticus. Why? The aim of this article is precisely to reveal the different reasons for such an attitude. Indeed, Plutarch speaks highly of conjugal love in his Eroticus and this way is not followed by Mann in Death in Venice but, at the same, the German writer finds in this Plutarch's philosophical dialogue all the necessary elements to build his story of masculine love and decides not to manage without it.
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Mann, Thomas, 1875-1955. Tod in Venedig
Plutarc. Amatorius
Eros (Divinitat grega)
Filosofia grega
Tradició clàssica
Literatura alemanya
Estudis gais i lèsbics
Mann, Thomas, 1875-1955. Tod in Venedig
Plutarch. Amatorius
Eros (Greek deity)
Greek philosophy
Classical tradition
German literature
Gay and lesbian studies
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