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« André Gide et Thomas Mann : se comparer à Chopin pour mieux se recréer »

Abstract : Gide expresses his love for Chopin mainly in his intimate writings (his letters and his diary) ; on the contrary, it is in his fictions (Tristan – 1903 – and, more importantly, Doktor Faustus. Das Leben des deutschen Tonsetzers Adrian Leverkühn, erzählt von einem Freunde – 1947) that Thomas Mann dialogues with the Polish composer. Nevertheless, despite irreducible generic, ontological and aesthetic differences, similarities emerge between the two authors : both Gide and Adrian Leverkühn – i.e. Thomas Mann's tragic hero – compare themselves to Chopin in order to invent an aesthetic ethics that plays the paradoxical role of a super-ego having a liberating and recreating power. Gide and Adrian Leverkühn try to protect themselves from their own (homosexual) desires – in order to discover and to accept them.
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Augustin Voegele. « André Gide et Thomas Mann : se comparer à Chopin pour mieux se recréer ». Comparaisons. La Revue des cultures et des médiums, Université de Haute-Alsace Faculté des lettres langues et sciences humaines, 2017, La comparaison créatrice : interculturalité et intermédialité. ⟨halshs-02086264⟩



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