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Benjamin Britten and Luchino Visconti

Title: Benjamin Britten and Luchino Visconti: Iterations of Thomas Mann's Death in Venice.
Name(s): Larner, James M., author
Picart, Caroline, professor directing dissertation
Clendinning, Jane Piper, outside committee member
Cloonan, William, committee member
Fleming, Raymond, committee member
Program in Interdisciplinary Humanities, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2006
Publisher: Florida State University
Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This dissertation discusses the novella Death in Venice by Thomas Mann and explores two recreations of the story: Benjamin Britten's 1973 opera Death in Venice, and Luchino Visconti's 1971 film Death in Venice. The primary framework used to analyze all three versions of Death in Venice is Friedrich Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy. My thesis is that in each of their versions of Death in Venice, Mann, Britten, and Visconti were exploring health and decadence in the creative impulse. All three men realized the need to find a balance between the rational and the emotional impulses. Borrowing from the ancient Greeks, Nietzsche equates these impulses with the gods Apollo and Dionysus. In Death in Venice Gustav von Aschenbach represents the failure to find the balance between these gods. In their versions of Death in Venice, Mann, Britten, and Visconti each explore the archetypal relationship between Apollo and Dionysus from their own personal perspective and examine the impact of this relationship on the creative impulse.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-3272 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Interdisciplinary Program in the Humanities in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2006.
Date of Defense: April 17, 2006.
Keywords: Death, Mann, Visconti, Britten, Venice
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Caroline Picart, Professor Directing Dissertation; Jane Piper Clendinning, Outside Committee Member; William Cloonan, Committee Member; Raymond Fleming, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Arts
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Larner, J. M. (2006). Benjamin Britten and Luchino Visconti: Iterations of Thomas Mann's Death in Venice. Retrieved from