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On The Magic Mountain: The novel as liminal affective technology

Stenner, Paul and Greco, Monica (2018). On The Magic Mountain: The novel as liminal affective technology. International Political Anthropology, 11(1)

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Abstract

In this paper we build on Szakolczai’s analysis of the sociological relevance of the novel to propose that novels can be regarded as a historically specific instance of what we call ‘liminal affective technologies’. We develop this proposition through a psychosocial reading of Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain, to demonstrate that this novel not only represents – as Szakolczai already argues – the reflexive culmination of a historical movement towards permanent liminality, but also a performative meditation on the role of ‘liminal affective technologies’ in metabolising experience and channelling psychosocial transformations.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: Authors
ISSN: 2283-9887
Keywords: the novel; The Magic Mountain; Thomas Mann; liminality; literature; psychology of literature; sociology of the novel; art
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology and Counselling > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology and Counselling
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 55596
Depositing User: Paul Stenner
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2018 13:54
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2019 17:31
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/55596
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