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Franz Kafka: Subversive Dreamer is an attempt to identify and properly contextualize the social critique in Kafka’s biography and work that links father-son antagonisms, heterodox Jewish religious thinking, and anti-authoritarian or anarchist protest against the rising power of bureaucratic modernity. The book proceeds chronologically, starting with biographical facts often neglected or denied relating to Kafka’s relations with the Anarchist circles in Prague, followed by an analysis of the three great unfinished novels—Amerika, The Trial, The Castle—as well as some of his most important short stories. Fragments, parables, correspondence, and his diaries are also used in order to better understand the major literary works. Löwy’s book grapples with the critical and subversive dimension of Kafka’s writings, which is often hidden or masked by the fabulistic character of the work. Löwy’s reading has already generated controversy because of its distance from the usual canon of literary criticism about the Prague writer, but the book has been well received in its original French edition and has been translated into Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Greek, and Turkish.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Translator’s Introduction
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction: Chains of Official Paper
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Chapter 1. “Don’t forget Kropotkin!”: Kafka and Antiauthoritarian Socialism
  2. pp. 9-28
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  1. Chapter 2. Tyrannies, from Patriarchal Autocracy to Impersonal Apparatuses
  2. pp. 29-56
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  1. Chapter 3. Kafka’s The Trial: From the Jew as Pariah to Joseph K. as Universal Victim
  2. pp. 57-70
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  1. Chapter 4. The Religion of Liberty and the Parable Before the Law (1915)
  2. pp. 71-88
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  1. Chapter 5. The Castle: Bureaucratic Despotism and Voluntary Servitude
  2. pp. 89-104
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  1. Chapter 6. Anecdotal Digression: Was Kafka a Realist?
  2. pp. 105-112
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  1. Chapter 7. The “Kafkaesque” Situation
  2. pp. 113-116
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 117-146
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 147-148
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780472121793
Related ISBN
9780472073092
MARC Record
OCLC
993676489
Pages
160
Launched on MUSE
2018-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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