Kibbitznest Liberal Arts Discussions are a collaboration with The University of Chicago Graham School to host presentations and discussions of original research.
Death in Venice is Thomas Mann's 1912 short story/novella of the middle-aged German writer/artist Gustave von Aschenbach roiled unto death by his response to the beautiful Polish youth Tadzio on Venice's Lido. The work is an erotic/aesthetic watershed, a kind of touchstone, litmus test - as was its 1971 film adaptation by Luchino Visconti. Does Aschenbach's Dionysiac succumbing and expressing it free him into creativity and loving? Does it degrade and destroy him? Is Apollonian reason and order the benchmark of art - a cowardly denial, a safeguarder of life? Death in Venice is gorgeous, thrilling, troubling, provocative - at once profoundly philosophical, psychological and primal. We will explore some of its beauties, grotesqueries, and explosivenesses.
Please try to have read the work.
Sponsor: McCarthy & Trinka Insurance
Claudia Traudt holds an MA from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. Her art-making, research, and teaching explore modes of creation and perception in word and image. She is the 2006 recipient of the Graham School's Excellence in Teaching Award for the Basic Program.
FREE & OPEN to the public
Registration is not necessary, but appreciated
due to space limitations.
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