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J.M. Coetzee and the Novel: Writing and Politics after Beckett

Patrick Hayes

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199587957
eISBN:
9780191723292
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587957.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, World Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

‘Anti‐illusionism is, I suspect, only a marking of time, a phase of recuperation, in the history of the novel. The question is, what next?’ (J. M. Coetzee). Placing Coetzee in relation to the long ... More


Kafka: Gender, Class, and Race in the Letters and Fictions

Elizabeth Boa

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198158196
eISBN:
9780191673283
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158196.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This study of Kafka centres on gender. The author's insights show how, in an age of reactionary hysteria, Kafka rejected patriarchy yet exploited women as literary raw material. Drawing on Kafka's ... More


Sander Gilman, Franz Kafka, the Jewish Patient. New York and London: Routledge, 1995. x + 328 pp.

W. J. Dodd

in Studies in Contemporary Jewry an Annual XV 1999

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195134681
eISBN:
9780199848652
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195134681.003.0030
Subject:
History, History of Religion

A review of the book, Franz Kafka, the Jewish Patient by Sander Gilman is presented. In this book, Gilman seeks to place Franz Kafka's life and work in the context of prevailing notions about Jews ... More


Apocalyptic Futures: Marked Bodies and the Violence of the Text in Kafka, Conrad, and Coetzee

Russell Samolsky

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780823234790
eISBN:
9780823241248
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823234790.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This book sets out to articulate a new theory and textual practice of the relation between literary reception and embodiment by arguing that certain modern literary texts have apocalyptic futures. ... More


The Mystical Life of Franz Kafka: Theosophy, Cabala, and the Modern Spiritual Revival

June O. Leavitt

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199827831
eISBN:
9780199919444
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827831.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

This book aims to show that the “Kafkaesque” in Franz Kafka may be immediate or residual impressions of the clairvoyance which Kafka admitted he suffered from: Those aspects of his writings in which ... More


Handle with Care

John T. Hamilton

in Security: Politics, Humanity, and the Philology of Care

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691157528
eISBN:
9781400846474
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691157528.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter considers one of Kafka's last stories, Der Bau (The Burrow, 1923–24). In the story, the tiny, foraging animal knows all too well that the protection of his day-to-day life demands ... More


Cabala, the Freemasons, and the Trials of Brother F. K.

June O. Leavitt

in The Mystical Life of Franz Kafka: Theosophy, Cabala, and the Modern Spiritual Revival

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199827831
eISBN:
9780199919444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827831.003.0015
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

Ever since Martin Buber and Gershom Scholem argued that the worldview of The Trial was cabalistic, many Jewish scholars have tried to expand upon their theories. In contrast to the prevailing trend, ... More


Introduction

June O. Leavitt

in The Mystical Life of Franz Kafka: Theosophy, Cabala, and the Modern Spiritual Revival

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199827831
eISBN:
9780199919444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827831.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

This chapter presents two major implications that can be drawn from Kafka’s confession to Rudolph Steiner that he occasionally experienced states of clairvoyance while writing. First, Kafka’s prose ... More


Parables for Our Time?

Tania Oldenhage

in Parables for Our Time: Rereading New Testament Scholarship after the Holocaust

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195150520
eISBN:
9780199834549
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019515052X.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Considers the motivations underlying the widespread efforts in biblical scholarship to find similarities between the parables of Jesus and twentieth‐century literature. Oldenhage's focus is on the ... More


John Malcolm Sabine Pasley 1926–2004

T. J. Reed

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 150 Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, VI

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264232
eISBN:
9780191734243
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264232.003.0007
Subject:
History, Historiography

Malcolm Pasley achieved a unique authority as a British scholar in a major area of German literary scholarship, the work of Franz Kafka (1883–1924). Good scholars are often blessed with serendipity, ... More


Commiserating With Devastated Things: Milan Kundera and the Entitlements of Thinking

Jason M. Wirth

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780823268207
eISBN:
9780823272471
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823268207.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This study attempts to understand, through both a careful reading of Milan Kundera’s oeuvre as well as a consideration of the Continental philosophical tradition, the place that Kundera calls “the ... More


Inconceivable Effects: Ethics through Twentieth-Century German Literature, Thought, and Film

Martin Blumenthal-Barby

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801478123
eISBN:
9780801467394
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801478123.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This book reads theoretical, literary and cinematic works that appear noteworthy for the ethical questions they raise. Via critical analysis of writers and filmmakers whose projects have changed our ... More


The Problem of Distraction

Paul North

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804775380
eISBN:
9780804778978
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804775380.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

We live in an age of distraction. Contemporary analyses of culture, politics, techno-science, and psychology insist on this. They often suggest remedies for it, or ways to capitalize on it. Yet they ... More


‘JOEY RULES’: Telling the Truth in Life & Times of Michael K

Patrick Hayes

in J.M. Coetzee and the Novel: Writing and Politics after Beckett

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199587957
eISBN:
9780191723292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587957.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, World Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

One of the questions that serious readers must pose of literary fiction—especially fiction as politically charged as Coetzee's—is whether it is telling the truth. This chapter explores what it means ... More


The Clairvoyant States of Franz Kafka

June O. Leavitt

in The Mystical Life of Franz Kafka: Theosophy, Cabala, and the Modern Spiritual Revival

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199827831
eISBN:
9780199919444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827831.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

This chapter presents the classical theory about clairvoyance and contrasts it to Kafka’s confession to Rudolph Steiner about being clairvoyant and to the discourse on clairvoyance popularized by the ... More


Mystical Experience in Kafka’s 
Early Prose

June O. Leavitt

in The Mystical Life of Franz Kafka: Theosophy, Cabala, and the Modern Spiritual Revival

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199827831
eISBN:
9780199919444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827831.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

This chapter creates a classification of signs by which clairvoyant textuality can be evaluated. Subsequently, it examines Kafka’s writings for such signs. Certain diary entries are marked by the ... More


Kafka’s Meditation and 
Visualization

June O. Leavitt

in The Mystical Life of Franz Kafka: Theosophy, Cabala, and the Modern Spiritual Revival

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199827831
eISBN:
9780199919444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827831.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

A close reading of Kafka’s post-1911 prose reveals that he continued to be infected by the widespread fascination with invisible forces. However, this fascination was not merely theoretical, but ... More


The Obsession with Dreams

June O. Leavitt

in The Mystical Life of Franz Kafka: Theosophy, Cabala, and the Modern Spiritual Revival

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199827831
eISBN:
9780199919444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827831.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

Kafka’s literary corpus contains over thirty-seven chronicles about his dreams. This is most significant in light of the fact that the occult training programs pervasive in Europe in the early part ... More


Kafka, the Afterlife, and Transmigration of Souls

June O. Leavitt

in The Mystical Life of Franz Kafka: Theosophy, Cabala, and the Modern Spiritual Revival

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199827831
eISBN:
9780199919444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827831.003.0014
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

A belief in spiritual destiny and the existence of the soul runs through Kafka’s dream chronicles. Similarly, a thematic treatment of the soul and its transmigrations figures in some of his fiction. ... More


The Mystical Life of Animals: Investigations of a Vegetarian

June O. Leavitt

in The Mystical Life of Franz Kafka: Theosophy, Cabala, and the Modern Spiritual Revival

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199827831
eISBN:
9780199919444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827831.003.0016
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

This chapter explores the possibility that Kafka’s abstention from meat and empathy for animals may have generated his large repertoire of narratives written from a mammal, rodent or insects’ points ... More


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