A Companion to Thomas Mann's Magic Mountain

A Companion to Thomas Mann s Magic Mountain Thomas Mann was the first writer since Goethe to attract a large international audience to stories written in German bringing German fiction into the mainstream of European literature His second majo

  • Title: A Companion to Thomas Mann's Magic Mountain
  • Author: Stephen D. Dowden
  • ISBN: 9781571132482
  • Page: 376
  • Format: Paperback
  • Thomas Mann was the first writer since Goethe to attract a large international audience to stories written in German, bringing German fiction into the mainstream of European literature His second major work, The Magic Mountain 1924 , explores the heady intellectual culture of the chaotic and broken Germany that emerged from the First World War, and, along with the earlieThomas Mann was the first writer since Goethe to attract a large international audience to stories written in German, bringing German fiction into the mainstream of European literature His second major work, The Magic Mountain 1924 , explores the heady intellectual culture of the chaotic and broken Germany that emerged from the First World War, and, along with the earlier Buddenbrooks, earned him a Nobel Prize for literature in 1929 Mann himself considered The Magic Mountain to be his greatest novel, and few in his own day doubted the preeminence of this modernist classic however, many have argued that the age of literary modernism has passed If this is so, how might we best understand Mann s masterpiece now Topics covered in this volume, which aims to provide both a survey of and new research into important aspects of the work, include Mann s comic vision, his homosexuality, his fraught attitude toward Jews, the place of his novel in the landscape of postmodern life, the theme of solitude, music in the novel, and technology Stephen D Dowden is Professor of German at Brandeis University Contributors David Blumberg, Michael Brenner, Stephen Dowden, Edward Engelberg, Ulker Gokberk, Eugene Goodheart, Joseph P Lawrence, Karla enner, Stephen Dowden, Edward Engelberg, Ulker Gokberk, Eugene Goodheart, Joseph P Lawrence, Karla Schultz, Susan Sonta

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    1. Generally speaking, I don't think it makes much sense to get excited about derivative works, and this collection of (mostly) academic articles is no exception. I picked up this book immediately after reading The Magic Mountain. I found the latter work fascinating, powerful, at times both deeply affecting and immensely funny. But the depth of symbolism, and philosophical and historical context often left me baffled. So I turned to the experts for some illumniation. The book contains 11 essays, wh [...]

    2. Thomas Mann's Magic Mountain is one of my favorite novels. Rather than re-read the novel for a book club, I decided instead to read this collection of critical essays. However I confess that I was only able to finish reading about half of the essays. Most of the topics were interesting, however the articles were too academic, some quite difficult to absorb. I think my problem was that I did not originally connect with this novel on an academic level, and I was somehow losing the essence of what [...]

    3. The Magic Mountain invites discussion and further study. I read this book because I enjoyed the novel so much, and I wanted to hear what the critics might say about it. I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about the novel.

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