The Technology of Development: Photography and Bildung in Thomas Mann’s Der Zauberberg

  • Eric Downing


This essay explores the insinuation of photography into the thematic space traditionally occupied by painting within the Bildungsroman genre. It shows how the new medium alters Bildung - including its mechanisms for identity formation, erotic self-realization, and gendering - by focusing on three features of photography in Mann’s novel: the process of development; the relation of the negative and positive; and the need for a fixative.


Der Aufsatz erkundet die Installierung der Photographie in den thematischen Raum, der im Genre des Bildungsromans traditionell durch das Gemälde besetzt ist. Er zeigt, wie das neue Medium den Bildungsprozeß verändert, indem er in Manns Roman drei Eigenschaften der Photographie in den Blick nimmt: den Prozeß der Entwicklung; die Beziehung von Negativ und Positiv; und die Notwendigkeit eines Fixativs.


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  • Eric Downing
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  1. 1.Chapel HillDeutschland

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