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Thomas Mann: The Magic Mountain

Instructor: Samantha Hill
This is an online course (Eastern Time)

Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain tells the story of Hans Castorp, an ordinary young man who goes to visit his cousin Joachim in a Swiss tuberculosis sanatorium for three weeks and ends up staying for seven years. Set on the precipice of World War One, the novel captures the spirit of prewar Europe and the ailments of the modern world: isolation, mass epidemics, the plight of progress and industrial alienation. Mann’s ever-timely novel offers meditations on love, loss, time, what it means to become a person in the world, and what it means to face death. In this course we will read the entirety of The Magic Mountain alongside short selections from medical journals, critical reviews, Mann’s correspondence, and lectures, while asking: What does it mean to be healthy? What is time? How does modernity change our conception of time? How might we think about enchantment in the modern world?

“Thomas Mann: The Magic Mountain” is being held in partnership with the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center. For more information about the JACCC and its wide variety of public programming, please visit its website

Course Schedule

Sunday, 1:00-4:00pm PT (4:00pm-7:00pm ET)
March 10 — March 31, 2024
4 weeks


Registration Open