THE WOMAN BETWEEN CHRISTIANITY AND PAGANISM IN HEINRICH MANN’S WORK


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This paper comprises examples of mythological and biblical female figures (from both the New and Old Testament) and their representations in some of Heinrich Mann’s novels at fin de siècle. Only two figures do not appear with their real name in Heinrich Mann’s work: Eve and Salomé. Still I have chosen to analyse them due to their seductive and sinful nature typical for most heroines at the end of the 19th century. The writer’s originality in depicting these female figures lies in the parody of certain myths or religious texts. Under the influence of Friedrich Nietzsche and of decadence Heinrich Mann makes use of different motifs and archetypes specific for fin de siècle and at the same time he brings new connotations to these notions under the pressure of social constraints. The heroines’ flaunting sexuality is a proof of rebellion against the fake prudery or bigottism of the society at the end of the 19th century and a sign of emancipation.

 

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