Contemporary Icarus: Gustav von Aschenbach’s Journey towards the Sun

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https://doi.org/10.18778/2299-7458.09.06

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Venice, Mann, sun, mythology, love, decadence, novella

Abstrakt

The point of departure for the reflections contained in this article is the motif of the sun in Tomasz Mann’s Death in Venice. Analysing the presence of the sun in the work turns out to be fruitful for distinguishing and connecting several symbolic planes, on which the issues of Death in Venice and the drama of the main character are depicted: the relationship between contemporary times and antiquity, the cultural North-South axis, the destructive power of beauty as well as the individual fate of the artist marked by decadence. The figure of the sun seems to provide material for the interpretation of the figure of Gustav von Aschenbach as an incarnation of contemporary Icarus and allows the reader to see the path which the protagonist of Death in Venice follows in a new light.

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Anna Sieradzan, University of Warsaw

Anna Sieradzan – a graduate of Polish Philology at the Faculty of Polish Studies at the University of Warsaw and Journalism and Media Studies at the Faculty of Journalism, Information and Book Studies at the University of Warsaw, where she is doing her doctoral studies. She co-operated with Polskie Radio Program II from 2014 to 2019. In her research work she deals with, among other things, radio broadcasting from the genre-related perspective as well as links between radio and literature.

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Sieradzan, A. (2020). Contemporary Icarus: Gustav von Aschenbach’s Journey towards the Sun. Czytanie Literatury. Łódzkie Studia Literaturoznawcze, (9), 139-154. https://doi.org/10.18778/2299-7458.09.06

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