Includes bibliographical references (pages 135-144) and index.
I. Introduction -- II. A Brief History of the Labyrinth -- III. Labyrinths of the Law in Kafka's Prozess -- IV. Labyrinths of (Un) consciousness in Hesse's SteppenwoIf -- V. Labyrinths of Decadence in Thomas Mann's Zauberberg -- VI. Conclusions.
This concise study analyzes the motif of the labyrinth in Kafka's Prozess, Hesse's Steppenwolf, and Mann's Zauberberg as a signifier of the cultural crisis of the early 20th century. Josef K., Harry Haller, and Hans Castorp seek the meaning of life in confusing, labyrinthine worlds. Dr. Kenosian links the thematic configurations relating to the figures' process of self-realization to the thinking of Nietzsche and Heidegger who, either explicitly or implicitly, rethink the significance of corporeality for philosophy.