Die Religion des Zauberers 978-3-16-148743-9 - Mohr Siebeck
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Christoph Schwöbel

Die Religion des Zauberers

Theologisches in den großen Romanen Thomas Manns

[The Magician's Religion. Theological Aspects of Thomas Mann's Novels.]

2008. XVI, 288 pages.
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In the context of the ongoing dialogue between theology and literary criticism, Christoph Schwöbel investigates the function of religious sign systems in Thomas Mann's novels. He advocates the theory that religious signs and their theological reflection have proven to be essential in Thomas Mann's writing.
During the past decades, the ongoing dialogue between theology and literary criticism has focused increasingly on the significance of the »great code« (Northrop Frye) of biblical signs for western literature. In the context of this dialogue, Christoph Schwöbel investigates the function of religious sign systems in Thomas Mann's novels Buddenbrooks, The Magic Mountain, Joseph and His Brothers, and Doctor Faustus. He advocates the theory that religious signs and their theological reflection have proven to be essential in Thomas Mann's writing and in the way in which he interpreted the creativity of the artist. The studies collected in this volume point out the significance of a theological interpretation of literary works and reveal some of the cultural effects and side-effects of religious commitments. Hans Wißkirchen, Thomas Mann expert and director of the Buddenbrook House in Lübeck, has provided a preface to this volume.
Authors/Editors

Christoph Schwöbel Geboren 1955; Studium der Ev. Theologie; 1978 Promotion; 1991 Habilitation; seit 2004 ordentlicher Professor für Systematische Theologie (Schwerpunkt Fundamentaltheologie und Religionsphilosophie) an der Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen und Leiter des Instituts für Hermeneutik und Dialog der Kulturen.

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: Theo-Web — 8 (2009), S. 233 (Martin Schreiner)
In: Staat und Wirtschaft in Hessen — 2009, letzte Seite
In: Nederlands Theologisch Tijdschrift — 64 (2010), S. 67 (H.J. Adriaanse)
In: IASLonline — http://www.iaslonline.lmu.de/index.php?vorgang_id=3007 (05.05.2010) (Tim Lörke)
In: Marburger Jahrbuch Theologie — 22 (2010), S. 124–127 (Reiner Preul)
In: Das Historisch-Politische Buch — 57 (2009), S. 436 (Philipp David)
In: Theologische Literaturzeitung — http://www.thlz.de/buch_des_monats.php (11/2012) (Annette Weidhas)