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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (3): 271–288.
Published: 01 September 2016
...Joseph Anderton Focusing on Franz Kafka’s “Investigations of a Dog” (1922), Samuel Beckett’s Molloy (1955), and Paul Auster’s Timbuktu (1999), this essay reflects on how these works represent the fundamental unknowability of animal perspectives while at the same time suggesting how dogs and humans...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (1): 101–110.
Published: 01 March 2018
... Wittgenstein into the literary and cultural contexts of his historical moment: Kafka and Wittgenstein: The Case for an Analytic Modernism , by Rebecca Schuman, and Wittgenstein and Modernism , edited by LeMahieu and Karen Zumhagen-Yekplé. The collection includes essays from some of the most prominent...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2023) 69 (4): 405–436.
Published: 01 December 2023
... is, in Heidegger’s terms, a “pre-ontological testimony” to Dasein’s groundedness in care, Kafka’s story “The Cares of a Family Man” (1919) and Blanchot’s novel The Most High (1948) may be called “post-ontological testimonies” of care. Both texts thematize the slipping away of the temporal horizon of care...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (4): 518–529.
Published: 01 December 2007
... of case studies, portraits of major modernists from Henry James to Franz Kafka, from Virginia Woolf and Picasso to Frank Lloyd Wright and Sergei Eisenstein. Each figure is, obviously, exemplary in a distinctive way, and it would be hopeless to suppose that a careful examination of Kafka...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2005) 51 (4): 467–490.
Published: 01 December 2005
..., in the short stories of Franz Kafka. Kafka is, let us not forget, a presiding spirit in several works of Coetzee: most notably The Life and Times of Michael K, but also Disgrace and The Lives of Animals, the last of which contains several extended discussions of Kafka’s bestiary. Kafka’s desert world...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (1): 86–104.
Published: 01 March 2011
...—it nevertheless manages to make the highest and most imponderable of universal claims. Allegory says without saying, disavowal is part of its very apparatus. As Adorno liked to say of Kafka, every word is meant literally.2 And this is the precondition of all genuine allegory, whose model is the Christian...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (1): 123–131.
Published: 01 March 2011
... and the 126 Review novel, but are especially consonant with the convulsions of the twentieth century” (9), particularly the advent of total war, the Holocaust, and the increasingly evident inconsistencies within modern democracies. According to Scheingold’s analysis, Franz Kafka’s The Trial (1925...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2006) 52 (3): 347–351.
Published: 01 September 2006
... such an aesthetic image here” (55). By contrast, Mark Anderson’s reading of Kafka’s masochistic themes (or Siegel’s reading of Joyce’s masochism in Ulysses) successfully traces these kinds of aesthetic influences, which are so central to masochistic fantasy. Masochism proves to be a very literary...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (1): 20–33.
Published: 01 March 2011
..., frustration, disappointment—are not amenable to art, and chooses instead self-recrimination. But as Coetzee’s novelistic corpus demonstrates, in its liberal borrowings from Kafka, these “negative” emo- tions can provide a rich source material for the political insights that stem from abjection...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2009) 55 (4): 572–596.
Published: 01 December 2009
..., unfortunately, is often a casualty of such effacements even if, like all things repressed, he manages, uncannily, to return. In fact, we might say of Darwin what Stanley Corngold says of Kafka: that he created a world “consist[ing] of debased images of a transcendent source that has nonetheless left...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2022) 68 (4): 477–485.
Published: 01 December 2022
... in relation to war. Because of the popularity of Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis (1915), and because it has received so much critical attention, it would seem that very little was left to be said about the insect figure in literature. However, Kafka was only one writer in a long line who employed...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (1): 9–19.
Published: 01 March 2011
.... This is the discovery realized 17 David Attwell and enacted in the story. “Kafka,” says Costello, reflecting on that most unrealistic of stories, “Report to an Academy,” had time to wonder where and how the poor educated ape was going to find a mate. And what it was going to be like when he...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2005) 51 (2): 123–141.
Published: 01 June 2005
... the Sirens,” Kafka’s “The Silence o f the Sirens,” and Levinas’s opposing the story o f Abraham to the story o f Odysseus in Oth­ erwise Than Being. 10. This is perhaps the idea that reconnects Barthelme and Kierkegaard on the question o f irony: both want to bring a certain humility to the imperial...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2009) 55 (1): 58–79.
Published: 01 March 2009
... as of degree of torment. 13. These sessions are said to be of a “harrowing nature” (103), echoing the Harrow, the inscribing apparatus o f Kafka’s torture machine in “In the Penal Colony,” which executes prisoners by repeatedly inscribing the law they had violated on their flesh with metal needles...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2013) 59 (4): 674–680.
Published: 01 December 2013
... out that “it is in Kafka where one feels with the greatest intensity the Jewish despair at the loss of God. Clarice Lispector’s renunciation of God, in this context, was no more than a reflection of a loss that the Jewish world as a whole had experienced. And it was all the more cruelly ironic...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (3): 329–358.
Published: 01 September 2017
... four walls, then I’ll start on the floor” ( IM 7). Yet perversely, rather than meaning expansion’s end (a compact novel, perhaps), in Ellison’s case this cloistering urge leads, as we will see, to considerable extension. Like the creature resembling a mole in Franz Kafka’s “The Burrow,” Ellison...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (2): 272–279.
Published: 01 June 2015
... just that the idea shouldn’t be taken as axiomatic and exclusive, and that it’s going to work “a lot better on some writers than on others.” It would work better on Kafka than on Borges, says Wallace, strangely. And perhaps it would work better on a poet like Robert Lowell than it would on a poet like...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2014) 60 (3): 414–422.
Published: 01 September 2014
... the quest but even to countenance the assumptions underlying it.” Widiss demonstrates the various instantiations and intertexts—chiefly Poe’s “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” (I was surprised to find no mention of Kafka’s “A Report to an Academythat the trope of “aping” assumes and evokes in the text...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2009) 55 (1): 114–124.
Published: 01 March 2009
... historical overview provides telling examples and case studies of Jewish post-Enlightenment cultural figures (Israel Zangwill, Horace Kallen, Franz Kafka, Albert Einstein, the hermaphrodite N.O. Body aka Karl Baer) that push for versions of multiculturalism but in the end fail to fully make...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2014) 60 (2): 137–168.
Published: 01 June 2014
... of a Concept from Lukács to Habermas. Berkeley: U of California P, 1984. Kilbourn, R. J. A. “Kafka, Nabokov, Sebald: Intertextuality and Redemption in Vertigo and The Emigrants.” W. G. Sebald: History—Memory—Trauma. Ed. Scott Denham and Mark McCulloh. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter...