Kafka: Gender, Class, and Race in the Letters and Fictions

Kafka: Gender, Class, and Race in the Letters and Fictions

by Elizabeth Boa
     
 

ISBN-10: 019815819X

ISBN-13: 9780198158196

Pub. Date: 06/28/1996

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Boa's new study of Kafka relates gender to other facets of identity. She shows how Kafka, while exploiting such stereotypes as the New Woman, the Magna Mater, the Whore, and the assimilating Jew for literary raw material, undermined these stereotypes and rejected patriarchal attitudes of his period. Boa places Kafka's alienating images of the male body and…  See more details below

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Boa's new study of Kafka relates gender to other facets of identity. She shows how Kafka, while exploiting such stereotypes as the New Woman, the Magna Mater, the Whore, and the assimilating Jew for literary raw material, undermined these stereotypes and rejected patriarchal attitudes of his period. Boa places Kafka's alienating images of the male body and fascinated disgust of female sexuality in context with the militaristic, racist, gender, and class ideologies of the early twentieth century. She draws on Kafka's letters to his fiancée and to the Czech journalist, Milena, to illuminate how he transformed the details of this reactionary world into the strange signs and devices which assure his place in the modernist canon.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198158196
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/28/1996
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.81(h) x 0.86(d)
Lexile:
1490L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
1Reading Kafka1
2Modernity and its Discontents: Questions of Identity23
3Letters from a Bachelor: Kafka's Letters to Felice Bauer45
4An Intercourse of Ghosts: Kafka's Letters to Milena Jesenska78
5The Double Taboo: The Male Body in The Judgment, The Metamorphosis, and In The Penal Colony107
6The Body of Literature: Kafka's Artist Stories148
7The Decaying Law: Discourses of Gender, Class, and Race in The Trial181
8Feminist Approaches to The Castle243
Bibliography287
Index299

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