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FA-57586-14Research Programs: Fellowships for University TeachersTobias BoesThomas Mann, American Culture, and the Making of a Modern Writer1/1/2015 - 12/31/2015$50,400.00Tobias Boes   University of Notre DameNotre DameIN46556-4635USA2013Comparative LiteratureFellowships for University TeachersResearch Programs504000504000

This proposed book manuscript will examine the processes by which the work of the German modernist author Thomas Mann was translated, imitated, adapted and interpreted in the United States during the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. During this period Mann reached the zenith of his popular acclaim in America, selling hundreds of thousands of books. I will argue that over the course of these decades, a time in which his works were largely unavailable in Germany because of a ban by the Nazis, Mann became the first author in the history of world literature to write books in the conscious knowledge that they would have their main impact in translation. In this, he anticipates contemporary authors such as Milan Kundera, Haruki Murakami, or Orhan Pamuk.