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Published: 03 February 2017
DOI: 10.1215/9780822373438-007
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7343-8
... there!” In the first case, I look at Kafka’s Amerika , in which the novel’s hero, Karl Rossmann, is such a failed subject, so incoherent, that the police officer’s attempts to interpellate him fail miserably. Rossmann exposes the way that interpellation is a two-way street and, given that he doesn’t project any...
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By James R. Martel
Published: 03 February 2017
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7343-8
... Franz Kafka Amerika Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man Ta-Nehisi Coates ...
Published: 03 February 2017
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7343-8
... and their encounters with the police in the United States. Each case is meant to revisit Louis Althusser’s classic depiction of interpellation wherein a police officer, seeing a pedestrian walking by yells out “hey, you there!” In the first case, I look at Kafka’s Amerika , in which the novel’s hero, Karl Rossmann...