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Late Style and its DiscontentsEssays in art, literature, and music$
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Gordon McMullan and Sam Smiles

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198704621

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198704621.001.0001

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Perceptions of Lateness

Perceptions of Lateness

Goethe, Nietzsche, Thomas Mann, and D. H. Lawrence

(p.131) 8 Perceptions of Lateness
Late Style and its Discontents

Michael Bell

Oxford University Press

This chapter compares contrasting conceptions of lateness and style which have been attributed to Goethe, Thomas Mann, Nietzsche, and D. H. Lawrence. Among writers, Goethe is perhaps the classic instance of a late style, and Mann consciously emulated him in his own monumental oeuvre, particularly as it extended into his ‘mythic’ phase. But modern or modernist conceptions of time, history, decadence, and mythopoeia affect the values invested in lateness. Nietzsche had already denounced the nineteenth-century monumentalizing of Goethe as a national cultural icon, while his own untimeliness throws a question across the value of lateness as such. In fact, Goethe had already anticipated the Nietzschean critique of Bildung with which he nonetheless remains popularly identified. Meanwhile, the chronically sick Lawrence, who absorbed Nietzsche and reacted sharply against both Goethe and Mann, never expected to experience lateness yet had it in some sense thrust upon him as he approached his death.

Keywords:   Bildung, late style, death, untimeliness, mythopoeia, decadence

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