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Franz Kafka in Context

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Anthony Northey, Claudia Nitschke, Elizabeth Boa, Benno Wagner, Johannes Türk, Manfred Engel, Ritchie Robertson, Judith Ryan, Lucia Ruprecht, Lothar Müller, Silke Horstkotte, J. J. Long, Thomas Martinec, Roger Thiel, Marek Nekula, Peter Zusi, Mark Cornwall, Matthias Zach, Theodore Ziolkowski, Ben Morgan, Daniel Weidner, Katja Garloff, Carolin Duttlinger, Mark M. Anderson, Andrew J. Webber, Katharina Laszlo, Nicola Gess, Ruth V. Gross, Anthony Phelan, Stanley Corngold, Emily Troscianko, Clayton Koelb, Mark Harman, Dora Osborne
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107449701

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  • Franz Kafka (1883–1924) lived through one of the most turbulent periods in modern history, witnessing a world war, the dissolution of an empire and the foundation of a new nation state. But the early twentieth century was also a time of social progress and aesthetic experimentation. Kafka's novels and short stories reflect their author's keen but critical engagement with the big questions of his time, and yet often Kafka is still cast as a solitary figure with little or no connection to his age. Franz Kafka in Context aims to redress this perception. In thirty-five short, accessible essays, leading international scholars explore Kafka's personal and working life, his reception of art and culture, his engagement with political and social issues, and his ongoing reception and influence. Together they offer a nuanced and historically grounded image of a writer whose work continues to fascinate readers from all backgrounds.

    • Includes a wide range of topics that place Kafka's iconic works in historical, cultural, political and biographical contexts
    • Engaging articles, ideal for students, present new and often unexpected perspectives on Kafka's writing that root them firmly in their time and culture
    • Contains thirty-five concise articles covering Kafka's life, works and world
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    '… tightly argued essays by some of today's foremost scholars.' The Times Literary Supplement

    'Few recent books on Kafka have been as informative as this collection of essays, which looks at the many ways one can approach Kafka's writings. … This review cannot do justice to the scope and value of Duttlinger's collection. Highly recommended.' R. C. Conrad, Choice

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    • Publication planned for: July 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107449701
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Life and Work:
    1. Family Anthony Northey
    2. Friendship Claudia Nitschke
    3. Women Elizabeth Boa
    4. Work Benno Wagner
    5. Health and illness Johannes Türk
    6. Writing Manfred Engel
    7. Style Ritchie Robertson
    Part II. Art and Literature:
    8. Literary modernism Judith Ryan
    9. Kafka's reading Ritchie Robertson
    10. Gesture Lucia Ruprecht
    11. Performance and recitation Lothar Müller
    12. Film Silke Horstkotte
    13. Photography J. J. Long
    14. Music Thomas Martinec
    15. Architecture Roger Thiel
    Part III. Politics, Culture, History:
    16. Prague: history and culture Marek Nekula
    17. Czech language and literature Peter Zusi
    18. The First World War Mark Cornwall
    19. Travel, colonialism and exoticism Matthias Zach
    20. Law Theodore Ziolkowski
    21. Philosophy Ben Morgan
    22. Religion Daniel Weidner
    23. Judaism and Zionism Katja Garloff
    24. Psychology and psychoanalysis Carolin Duttlinger
    25. Gender and sexuality Mark M. Anderson
    26. The city Andrew J. Webber
    27. Childhood, pedagogy and education Katharina Laszlo
    28. Ethnography and anthropology Nicola Gess
    Part IV. Reception and Influence:
    29. Early critical reception Ruth V. Gross
    30. Critical theory Anthony Phelan
    31. Deconstruction Stanley Corngold
    32. Reading Kafka Emily Troscianko
    33. Editions Clayton Koelb
    34. Translation Mark Harman
    35. Film adaptations Dora Osborne.

  • Editor

    Carolin Duttlinger, University of Oxford
    Carolin Duttlinger is Associate Professor in German at the University of Oxford, a Fellow of Wadham College and Co-Director of the Oxford Kafka Research Centre. An international expert on German modernism, she has been awarded numerous prizes and fellowships, including the Zvi-Meitar/Vice-Chancellor Oxford University Research Prize in the Humanities. She is the author of Kafka and Photography (2007) and The Cambridge Introduction to Franz Kafka (Cambridge, 2013), the co-editor of Walter Benjamins anthropologisches Denken (2012) and the editor of Franz Kafkas 'Betrachtung': Neue Lektüren (2014).

    Contributors

    Anthony Northey, Claudia Nitschke, Elizabeth Boa, Benno Wagner, Johannes Türk, Manfred Engel, Ritchie Robertson, Judith Ryan, Lucia Ruprecht, Lothar Müller, Silke Horstkotte, J. J. Long, Thomas Martinec, Roger Thiel, Marek Nekula, Peter Zusi, Mark Cornwall, Matthias Zach, Theodore Ziolkowski, Ben Morgan, Daniel Weidner, Katja Garloff, Carolin Duttlinger, Mark M. Anderson, Andrew J. Webber, Katharina Laszlo, Nicola Gess, Ruth V. Gross, Anthony Phelan, Stanley Corngold, Emily Troscianko, Clayton Koelb, Mark Harman, Dora Osborne

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