Constellations: authorship and authority in Franz Kafka’s short prose
Pressley, Daniel Lawrence (2008) Constellations: authorship and authority in Franz Kafka’s short prose. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.Full text not available from this repository.
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More than eighty years after the death of its author, Kafka fiction continues to stimulate diverse critical interest: only Shakespeare has generated more publications, more biographies or indeed more PhD theses. In recent years, scholarship has recognised the irreducible, polysemantic nature of Kafka’s writing as a stimulus for this regenerative criticism. Another factor is the author himself, along with his well-known biography. Particularly in published monographs, Franz Kafka’s life story has attracted almost as much attention as the fiction he produced. Thus, unusually for a writer whose works have been so thoroughly dissected by criticism, Franz Kafka seems to have survived the so-called death of the author, promulgated throughout literary theory. This thesis highlights a tension between these two stimuli; between the elusive multivocality of Kafka’s fiction and the ongoing influence of the author. It argues that mythologies about Kafka have now outlived their usefulness, and suggests that greater attentiveness to theoretical insights might benefit the field. Accordingly, this study proposes new ways of looking at Kafka which marginalise the influence of the author and related approaches to his fiction. In its investigation of authority as a theme of Kafka’s writing, this volume repositions Kafka’s fictional and non-fictional output within new and established contexts, exploring philosophical and critical dimensions of the oeuvre. In so doing, it asks what Kafka can teach us about our reading of Kafka, our reading of theory and reading in general.
|Item Type:||Thesis or Dissertation (PhD)|
|Subjects:||P Language and Literature > PT Germanic literature|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Kafka, Franz, 1883-1924 -- Criticism and interpretation, Short stories, German -- 19th century -- History and criticism, Short stories, German -- 20th century -- History and criticism, Authority in literature, Authorship in literature|
|Institution:||University of Warwick|
|Theses Department:||Department of German Studies|
|Supervisor(s)/Advisor:||Lamb, Stephen ; Carter, Erica|
|Sponsors:||Isle of Man. Dept. of Education (IMDoE)|
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