|Published online: May 26, 2016||$US5.00|
Thomas Mann’s "The Magic Mountain" (1924) is a milestone in the history of fiction on tuberculosis. From a medical standpoint, Mann’s novel is located at the nexus between two rather disparate historical developments: the perception concerning the natural and medical sciences in the early twentieth century, on the one hand, and the historical proclivity toward a mythicization of illness, on the other. This article explicates the manifestation of both developments in Mann’s "The Magic Mountain." The novel has been consistently categorized as a work that strongly sympathizes with illness and death. This interpretation requires reconsideration. Outwardly concerned with illness and death, the novel in actuality celebrates health and life.
|Keywords:||Literature and Science, Thomas Mann, Illness as Metaphor|
The International Journal of Literary Humanities, Volume 14, Issue 3, September 2016, pp.29-40. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 26, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 545.598KB)).
Assistant Professor, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA