Literary Precedents for The Magic Mountain

This Study Guide consists of approximately 48 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The Magic Mountain.
This section contains 213 words
(approx. 1 page at 400 words per page)
Buy The Magic Mountain Study Guide

As with all of Mann's mature works, it seems more profitable to discuss literary traditions than literary precedents in the elucidation of the novel's imaginative context.

The title itself is clearly meant to suggest the world of fairy tales. The hermetically sealed environment of the sanatorium and the enchantment which regularly befalls all who enter its precincts hint at a realm of different dimensions. And yet this realm is described by a realist who does not rest until the surroundings are recognizable as those of the Swiss resort of Davos.

By the nature of its theme, The Magic Mountain can also lay claim to the peculiarly German tradition of the educational novel, the bildungsroman, of which Goethe's Wilhelm Meister Apprenticeship (1795-1796) remains the classic example. The way in which ideological combat dominates the scene, on the other hand, reminds one of the novel of ideas, which in Mann...

(read more from the Literary Precedents section)

This section contains 213 words
(approx. 1 page at 400 words per page)
Buy The Magic Mountain Study Guide
Copyrights
BookRags
The Magic Mountain from BookRags. (c)2014 BookRags, Inc. All rights reserved.