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Karolina Watroba

DPhil Candidate


Karolina is a third-year DPhil student interested in modern literature, film, and critical theory, especially in the German-speaking countries, but researching across eight European languages and beyond. Her DPhil thesis explores the cultural impact that Thomas Mann’s landmark modernist novel Der Zauberberg (The Magic Mountain, 1924) has made beyond academic circles. She analyses the novel’s many and varied literary and cinematic afterlives, looks at its place in the public imagination, and compares how readers with different degrees of academic training approach it and what they make of it. Karolina’s main goal is to challenge established academic ways of studying canonical works of art and their cultural reception. Her comparative project spans ten decades, ten languages and fifteen countries on five continents.

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