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), pp. 43-60. [Article]

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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 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.

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