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The Myth of Power and the Self: Essays on Franz Kafka (Kritik: German Literary Theory and Cultural Studies)

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Franz Kafka (1883-1924) has come to be one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century. Born into a Jewish middle-class family in Prague, Bohemia, Kafka was in many ways a solitary figure, isolated in his own mind from any true community of friendship and alienated from his own Jewish heritage. Kafka's writings reflect his inner turmoil, and his novels became a symbol of the anxiety and alienation that pervaded much of twentieth-century society.<P>The Myth of Power and the Self brings together Walter Sokel's most significant essays on Kafka written over a period of thirty-one years, 1966-1997. This volume begins with a discussion of Sokel's 1966 pamphlet on Kafka and a summary of his 1964 book, Tragik und Ironie (Tragedy and Irony), which has never been translated into English, and includes several essays published in English for the first time. Sokel places Kafka's writings in a very large cultural context by fusing Freudian and Expressionist perspectives and incorporating more theoretical approaches — linguistic theory, Gnosticism, and aspects of Derrida — into his synthesis.<P>This superb collection of essays by one of the most qualified Kafka scholars today will bring new understanding to Kafka's work and will be of interest to literary critics, intellectual historians, and students and scholars of German literature and Kafka.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780814326084
Author:
Sokel, Walter Herbert
Publisher:
Wayne State University Press
Location:
Detroit, Mich.
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Self
Subject:
Kafka, Franz
Subject:
Kafka, franz, 1883-1924
Subject:
Self (Philosophy) in literature.
Subject:
Power
Subject:
Criticism and interpretation
Subject:
Kafka, Franz - Criticism and interpretation
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
Kritik: German Literary Theory and Cultural Studies
Series Volume:
no. 97-3202
Publication Date:
20020231
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
360
Dimensions:
9.28x6.36x1.03 in. 1.33 lbs.

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