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Mittwoch 22.04. 19.30 Uhr

The Brazilian Roots of the Mann Family – CANCELED

Lecture & Talk

Head-to-Head: A Meeting of Inspired Minds


Location: Hospitalhof Stuttgart, Büchsenstraße 33, 70174 Stuttgart
Admission: free
Language: English


Lecture and talk between Veronika Fuechtner, Chair and Associate Professor of German Studies, Dartmouth College in discussion with Tanja Dückers, Writer and Journalist

Thomas Mann so shaped the idea of „Germanness“ in the 20th century that even in exile he would claim that German culture was wherever he was. Yet, this iconic German writer had a Brazilian mother—Julia Mann (1851-1923), née da Silva Bruhns—whose traumatic experiences of immigration profoundly influenced her son’s life and writing. While our reading of Thomas Mann’s work has been inflected by various parts of his biography—his attraction to men, his wife’s Jewish origins—the critical potential of his Brazilian background remains largely unexplored. Veronika Fuechtner speaks with writer and journalist Tanja Dückers about how Mann’s Brazilian heritage story radically alters the way we read not only his writing but also his place within German literature, ultimately undermining the notion of canonical German literature and its unspoken assumption of racial and cultural homogeneity.


With: Veronika Fuechtner and Tanja Dückers

In cooperation with: The American Academy in Berlin and Evangelisches Bildungszentrum Hospitalhof Stuttgart

Generously supported by: Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, and Berthold Leibinger Stiftung GmbH.