Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Bruce P. Baker


Introduction: “Narrative as a disguised lyric, the novel as a borrowed label for the experimentations of poetic spirits to express their feeling of self and world; this was a specifically German and romantic matter, here I felt immediately a common heritage and guilt,”1 In this way Nobel laureate Hermann Hesse characterized his own novels at the midpoint of his career. And though The Glass Bead Game, published over twenty years later, when compared with Hesse’s other work appears perhaps farthest from such a description, “narrative as a disguised lyric” still serves as a useful key for examining Hesse's last and most ambitious novel.2 For, as Ralph Freedman indicates, “Hesse used romanticism as a tool for the development of a unique approach, leading to a sharp analysis of the self, the meaning of personal identity and the conditions of self-consciousness, which he explores in contemporary terms.”3


A Thesis Presented to the Department of English and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1971 Jean Shannon Boatright

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