of the works of Franz Kafka and the perplexing
historical accuracy of the concept of the Kafkaesque
are both phenomena that over the years have been noticed
by many readers and scholars. This book sets out to
unravel the enigma of this very concept, by reference
to the process of creation, and to Kafka´s implicit
use of two unconscious levels within the universe of
discourse of his most important works.
years a fruitful explanation of the uniqueness of
these works has been missing. Scholars have ever
since the 1930s been noticing the extraordinary
qualities of the Kafka text. Strange -
Kafkaesque - features have been attributed
to the short stories and the novels of Kafka.
The Kafka hero has - rightly - been seen as a
mere figure, and the “dream-like” landscape-universe
has been seen as characteristic, and one has frequently
been looking upon these entities, together with a
few stylistic features, as technical dominants in
the shaping of the concept of the Kafkaesque.
This book displays a model,
together with a biographical survey
and a historical perspective on possible
influences, that, quite reversely, forms
a hermeneutic explanation to what is denoted by the concept as well as to the features that forms the experience of the kafkaesque in the works of Kafka.
This is achieved from the stunning perspective of a hitherto unseen
dynamic contextual center, explained in a model containing three levels, levels steadily forming the discourse, typical of Kafka. The veil of mystery may never be lifted when it comes to Kafka´s classics of Modernity. It might be essential to know about the technique behind the Kafkaesque to be able to reflect upon the Self-consciousness of Modern Man of the 20th century, a century so intensely marked by a dialogue between society and the works and ideas of Sigmund Freud. Self-consciousness of Man, as it appeared with St. Augustine, the great Italian Renaissance writers, Erasmus, Shakespeare, Montaigne, the German secular Romantics and Hegel, swiftly developed into something even much more complex with the appearance of Freud and the publication of his Traumdeutung in the year of 1900, and, more so, with the creation of the Kafkaesque,
with the works of Kafka, around 1912. Kafka and the kafkaesque. or Kaj Genell/amazon
CONTENT OF my book Kafka and the kafkaesque:
I. Preface. Franz Kafka – a unique writer without successors.
A Small Biographical sketch.
Chapter 1. Kafka and Prague.
Chapter 2. Literary tradition &
influences upon FK.
a.) German romantic irony
and saga - ”Kunstmärchen”:
b.) Gustave Flaubert.
c.) Robert Walser.
On Kafka´s literary technique
and the structure of his works.
Chapter 3.. Kafka and writing. A study in trance.
Chapter 4. Symbol, metaphor, allegory, parable.
Chapter 5. Origins of the ”kafka effect”!
Chapter 6. Trying to bring some answers.
Chapter 7. Freedom and transcendence.
Chapter 8. An accomplished desire.