Date of Award

Spring 1960

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Foreign Languages and Literatures

First Advisor

Simmons, Robert E.

Second Advisor

Veit, Philipp F.

Third Advisor

Wilkinson, Clarence R.


The purpose of this thesis is twofold: first of all, it intends to investigate the peculiar linguistic crisis of the poet Hugo von Hofmannsthal; secondly, it seeks a broader resonance of the same crisis in modern culture. For Hofmannsthal the exhaustin of his own creativity as a poet appears to have struck him as a sign of the extinction of modern culture, that is to say, the climate in which the artist can create and, above all, in which he can communicate with a predisposed audience. This paper, then revolves around the question: Is the significance of Hofmannsthal's experience with language of universal importance for the artistic realm of modern culture, or does Hofmannsthal's crisis remain but the personal expression of a sterile aesthete? The writer of this paper sincerely hopes his treatment of the problem will bring the reader closer to an answer.



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