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Maureen Watkins (German)

Abjection and the Borders of Identity: a Kristevan Reading of the Body in Thomas Mann's Buddenbrooks, Der Zauberberg and Doktor Faustus.

My PhD thesis examines the theme of the body in Thomas Mann’s Buddenbrooks, Der Zauberberg and Doktor Faustus. It draws on the psychoanalytic and linguistic theories of Julia Kristeva to explore the human body and the borders of subjective identity, as represented in these three major works. In conjunction with close textual analysis I employ Kristeva’s concept of abjection, as well as her theories of the semiotic and symbolic, to gain insight into Mann’s characters, their interaction with social structures, and the dynamics of the texts.

Supervisors: Dr Nicolette David and Dr John Walker.