Recognizing cultural concepts: Joyce, Woolf, Mann and Musil

Caracheo Montes De Oca, Armando Daniel (2011) Recognizing cultural concepts: Joyce, Woolf, Mann and Musil, [Dissertation thesis], Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna. Dottorato di ricerca in Science, technology, and humanities, 23 Ciclo. DOI 10.6092/unibo/amsdottorato/3846.
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The purpose of this thesis is to establish a direct relationship between literature and fields of knowledge such as science and technology, by focusing on some concepts that were fundamental for both science and the humanities at the beginning of the 20th century. The concepts are those of simultaneity, multiple points of view, map, relativity and acausality. In the spirit of several recent ideas, for example Katherine Hayles’ isomorphism notion, the dissertation shows how writers such as James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Thomas Mann and Robert Musil developed the mentioned concepts within their narratives. The working hypothesis is that those concepts were at a crossroad of human activities, and that those authors used them extensively within their narratives. It is further argued that those same concepts – as developed by Joyce in Ulysses, Woolf’s shorts stories and novels from the end of the 1910’s until the end of the1920’s, Mann’s Der Zauberberg (The Magic Mountain), and Musil’s Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften (The Man Without Qualities) — are still fundamental for our conception of time and space today. The thesis is divided into two parts. The first two chapters will analyse the concepts of simultaneity and multiple points of view and their relationship to cartography as developed within English literature and culture. The next two chapters will address the concepts of relativity and acausality, as developed within German literature and culture.

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Caracheo Montes De Oca, Armando Daniel
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Scienze umanistiche
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19 Maggio 2011

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