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Suppressing the Gay Whitman in America: Translating Thomas Mann

Author: Gary Schmidgall

  • Suppressing the Gay Whitman in America: Translating Thomas Mann

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    Suppressing the Gay Whitman in America: Translating Thomas Mann

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Abstract

Examines Mann's 1922 speech "On the German Republic," in which Mann uses Whitman's Calamus poems to evoke Eros as "the figurehead of his democratic republic"; investigates why the key passage about Whitman's "manly love of comrades" is missing in Helen Tracy Lowe-Porter's English translation of the speech; reprints the missing passage in the original German and an English translation; and gives an overview of "the history of Leaves of Grass in German-speaking countries" and "Mann's encounter with Hans Reisiger's Whitman translations."

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Schmidgall, G., (2001) “Suppressing the Gay Whitman in America: Translating Thomas Mann”, Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 19(1), 18-39. doi: https://doi.org/10.13008/2153-3695.1665

Rights: Copyright © 2001 Gary Schmidgall

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01 Jul 2001
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