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DOI 10.12887/33-2020-3-131-10

Agnieszka K. HAAS, “All sorts of objects that have fallen out of use, which made them all the more captivating”… (Non-)everyday objects in The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann

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This article discusses the ways in which Thomas Mann depicts and interprets everyday objects in his novel The Magic Mountain (1924). By combining methods, such as psychoanalysis and material cultural studies approach, and also on the assumption that the polarization of the textual world is inherent in the structure of the novel, it is possible to show the role of things in the construction of the novel. Everyday objects, such as a thermometer, a cigar, a model barometer, a watch, an X-ray image and a photograph, a mechanical Turk, as well as the human body conceived of as a machine, have a double meaning and indicate not only the content hidden in the unconscious of the characters, but also the polarization of the textual world, which is the main construction principle of the novel and alludes to the ancient hermetic knowledge and alchemy.

Keywords: Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain, psychoanalysis, alchemy 

Contact: Zakład Literatury i Kultury Niemieckiej, Instytut Filologii Germańskiej, Wydział Filologiczny, Uniwersytet Gdański, ul. Wita Stwosza 51, 80-316 Gdańsk, Poland
E-mail: agnieszka.haas@ug.edu.pl

  1. ISSN 0860-8024
  2. e-ISSN 2720-5355
  3. The Republic of Poland Ministry of Science and Higher Education Value: 100.00
  4. Quarterly “Ethos” is indexed by the following databases: EBSCO, CEEOL, Index Copernicus (ICV 2017: 55.26), Philosopher’s Index, ERIH Plus.
  5. DOI Prefix 10.12887