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Author Kenosian, David, 1963-

Title Puzzles of the body : the labyrinth in Kafka's Prozess, Hesse's Steppenwolf, and Mann's Zauberberg / David Kenosian.

Published New York : P. Lang, [1995]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  833.9120915 KENO    AVAILABLE
Physical description 148 pages ; 24 cm.
Series Studies on themes and motifs in literature, 1056-3970 ; vol. 10.
Studies on themes and motifs in literature. 1056-3970 ; vol. 10.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 135-144) and index.
Contents 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.
Summary 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.
Subject German fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Labyrinths in literature.
Quests (Expeditions) in literature.
ISBN 0820424269 (alk. paper)