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    Violence, desire and the body: a Kleinian reading of Thomas Mann's "The Magic Mountain"

    David, Nicolette (2014) Violence, desire and the body: a Kleinian reading of Thomas Mann's "The Magic Mountain". PsyArt 2 (5), ISSN 2123-4434.

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    Abstract

    This article proposes a Kleinian reading of Thomas Mann's "The Magic Mountain"(1924). The work of psychoanalyst Melanie Klein (1882-1960) foregrounds the way in which visceral corporeal experience is transformed into phantasy. The article examines the representation of the body, violence and desire in the light of these insights. It begins with a discussion of greed and hypochondriacal symptoms manifested by the characters from a Kleinian perspective. Close analysis of the representation of desire in "The Magic Mountain" reveals the Kleinian longing to get inside the mother's body and inflict sadism upon it. The article subsequently explores the way in which this sadism surfaces through the theme of violence which recurs throughout the text. Finally, the article suggests that its reading of "The Magic Mountain" might offer a redemptive reading of the novel, one which focuses on the role of reparation in assuaging the destructive passions that have been exposed and which highlights the role of the reader. The article concludes by suggesting where reparation might be located in a Kleinian reading of "The Magic Mountain".

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Arts > Cultures and Languages
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2014 15:18
    Last Modified: 30 Oct 2014 10:54
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/9845

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