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Vision and Revision

The Concept of Inspiration in Thomas Mann's Fiction

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Karan Drabek Vogt

This study examines the concept of inspiration in Thomas Mann's major novels and the redemptive possibilities of the artist vis-a-vis his society. Mann's high moral seriousness is revealed in his belief that the artist embodies the society's concealed illness and through his art provides the possibility of a healing catharsis.
Contents: Certain gorgeous butterflies, writes Serenus Zeitblom in Doctor Faustus, are visible and seductive - Yet they fly about with perfect ease because the world knows them to be disgusting to eat - Others, equally beautiful, are perfectly edible; they also fly untouched. They are inedible by association. So Thomas Mann described the plight of art and the artist in his own time.