Abstract

Abstract:

Martin Heidegger's Being and Time (1927) has never been deployed in support of reopening the question of Thomas Mann's treatment of time in his contemporary time-novel The Magic Mountain (1924). The very possibility of the distinction between the time lived out in the everyday world below and the "life without time" upon the Magic Mountain, with which most interpretations of the novel's sacred leitmotif begin, is convincingly undone by Heidegger. In fact, Heidegger's own rarified reading of The Magic Mountain suggests Dasein's emergence as a construct capable of elaborating Mann's attempt to reimagine the classical temporality of the Bildungsroman and to situate his protagonist Hans Castorp neither within nor without time but rather, like Dasein itself, at it.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1542-4286
Print ISSN
0093-3139
Pages
pp. 256-287
Launched on MUSE
2017-04-25
Open Access
No
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