The first pages seem to replicate a dream. Feelings, images, no coherence. Then the text seems to change into an internal dialogue. The narrator seems to speak of himself in the third person. I am reading the chapter a second time and again I cannot make any sense of it. It seems to be the free associations of a drunkard or a lunatic. Does Mann try to catch what goes on in the mind of a genius before he structures his thoughts? Then the narrator (nowhere does it say that Goethe is the narrator) replicates a discussion with his servant Carl who ends every sentence with “Your excellence”. I keep turning the pages trying to find a statement that makes sense. Okay , I find one : “Not this pig-headed craving to be a unique nation … etc, “ talking about Germans. What am I missing? Mann is a famous author. I keep trying and I get only more annoyed . He gives me a headache. What am I missing? Patience? Spend even more time on it?
Thomas Mann was and admirer of the Irish writer James Joyce who wrote Ulysses. In this great work, Ulysses, Joyce uses the genre of stream of consciousness to play with time and memory. It is my understanding from other reading the Thomas Mann felt competitive with there's other Great anthor of his time.
Other authors who in used this genre include Virginia Woolf, William Faulkner, and Marcel Proust. Their works include search books as to the lighthouse, as I lay dying, and the search of last time in that order for the above writers.
Like Thomas Mann all of these authors as well as Goethe, ahead of his time, intentionally Play with nonlinear time, memory and being.
It is my belief Thomas Mann writes in chapter 7 using Stream of consciousness to do as you observe to show Goethe’s the creative process, reflections, imagined experience he has in the return of latte. It is not an easy read but Thomas Mann gives us insight into how he imagines Goethe thinks about German identity, politics, edges reflections as an older man on his days as a young man, and I think two responds to his critics in his time about his words including the theory of color, and the metamorphosis of plants, and how are you plies these concepts to an understanding of life and being.
Hope this helps.
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On May 19, 2022, at 12:37 PM, Jan de Vries <jdev...@together.net> wrote:
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On May 19, 2022, at 1:10 PM, Sarah Robinson <bears...@gmail.com> wrote:
Hi I dictated this and did not see the mistakes in it, but was out of time as I have a weekly zoom meeting with my arts collective where we share our works and discuss them in a good inclusive way. I will edit this and resend it shortly. So sorry about the mistakes I did not catch in the dictation.