Kafka for the Twenty-First Century

Kafka for the Twenty-First Century


Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for delivery by Monday, August 2


Franz Kafka's literary career began in the first decade of the twentieth century and produced some of the most fascinating and influential works in all of modern European literature. Now, a hundred years later, the concerns of a new century call for a look at the challenges facing Kafka scholarship in the decades ahead: What more can we hope to learn about the context in which Kafka wrote? How does understanding that context affect how we read his stories? What are the consequences of new critical editions that offer unprecedented access to Kafka's works in manuscript form? How does our view of Kafka change the priorities and fashions of literary scholarship? What elements in Kafka's fiction will find resonance in the historical context of a new millennium? How do we compose a coherent account of a personality with so many contradictory aspects? All these questions and more are addressed by the essays in this volume, written by a group of leading international Kafka scholars.

CONTRIBUTORS: Peter Beicken, Iris Bruce, Jacob Burnett, Uta Degner, Doreen Densky, Katja Garloff, Rolf Goebel, Mark Harman, Robert Lemon, Roland Reuß, Ritchie Robertson, Walter Sokel, John Zilcosky, Saskia Ziolkowski.

STANLEY CORNGOLD is Professor Emeritus of German and Comparative Literature at Princeton University.

RUTH V. GROSS is Professor of German and Head of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at North Carolina State University.

Related collections and offers

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781571139313
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 02/01/2015
Series: Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture Series , #2532
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Professor of German and Comparative Literature at the University of Texas at Arlington

Professor of German and Comparative Literature at the University of Texas at Arlington

Table of Contents

Introduction Running Texts, Stunning Drafts"Torturing the Gordian Knot": Kafka and Metaphor Revisited Nietzsche and Kafka: The Dionysian Connection What Kafka Learned from Flaubert: Absent-Minded Window-Gazing and The Judgment Kafka's Racial Melancholy: "A Report to an Academy"Strange Loops and Absent Center in The Castle Proxies in Kafka: Koncipist FK and Prokurist Joseph KKafka, Goffman, and the Total Institution Kafka in Virilio's Teletopical City Kafka's Visual Method: The Gaze, the Cinematic, and Intermedial"Samsa war Reisender": Trains, Trauma, and the Unreadable Body The Comfort of Strangeness: Correlating the Kafkaesque and the Kafkan in Kazuo Ishiguro's The Unconsoled Kafka's Journey into the Future: Crossing Borders into Israeli/Palestinian Worlds Kafka and Italy: A New Perspective on the Italian Literary Landscape Works Cited-Full Bibliography

Customer Reviews