Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain

Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain : A Casebook

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This collection seeks to illustrate the ways in which Thomas Mann's 1924 novel, The Magic Mountain, has been newly construed by some of today's most astute readers in the field of Mann studies. The essays, many of which were written expressly for this volume, comment on some of the familiar and inescapable topics of Magic Mountain scholarship, including the questions of genre and ideology, the philosophy of time, and the ominous subjects of disease and medical practice. Moreover, this volume offers fresh approaches to the novel's underlying notions of masculinity, to its embodiment of the cultural code of anti-Semitism, and to its precarious relationship to the rival media of photography, cinema, and recorded sound.
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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 136 x 208 x 20mm | 381.02g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 019530473X
  • 9780195304732

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Makes a valuable contribution to scholarship on both the novel and Mann's life and work. * German Studies Review *
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About Hans Rudolph Vaget

Hans Rudolf Vaget is Helen and Laura Shedd Professor of German Studies and Comparative Literature Emeritus at Smith College. Born in Czechoslovakia, educated in Germany, Great Britain, and the USA, H. R. Vaget has been teaching German Studies at Smith College since 1967. He has published widely on Goethe and his age; Wagner and Wagnerism; Thomas Mann and modernism.
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Table of contents

INTRODUCTION, HANS RUDOLF VAGET ; 1. The Making of The Magic Mountain, HANS RUDOLF VAGET ; 2. Death, Knowledge and the Formation of Self: The Magic Mountain, MARTIN TRAVERS ; 3. Photography and Bildung in The Magic Mountain, ERIC DOWNING ; 4. Projections on Blank Space: Landscape, Nationality, and Identity in Der Zauberberg, NANCY P. NENNO ; 5. Politically Suspect: Music on the Magic Mountain, HANS RUDOLF VAGET ; 6. Naphta and His Ilk: Jewish Characters in Manns Magic Mountain ,FRANKA MARQUARDT AND YAHYA ELSAGHE ; 7. Linke Leute von rechts: Thomas Manns Naphta and the Ideological Confluence of Radical Right and Radical Left in the Early Years of the Weimar Republic, ANTHONY GRENVILLE ; 8. Modern Masculinities on the Magic Mountain, TODD KONTJE ; 9. The Magic Mountain Malady: Der Zauberberg and the Medical Community 1924-2006, MALTE HERWIG ; 10. Telling Timelessness in Der Zauberberg, DORRIT COHN ; 11. The Magic Mountain: A Humoristic Counterpart to Death in Venice, ELLIS SHOOKMAN ; FURTHER READINGS
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