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

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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.
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"Will prove significant for future feminist scholarship on Germanistik as well as for Kafka biographers."--Choice

"It is a book that Kafka scholars need to ponder."--Germanic Notes and Reviews

"Boa has written a seminal book on Kafka."--German Studies Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198158196
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/28/1996
  • Pages: 320
  • Lexile: 1490L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.81 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
1 Reading Kafka 1
2 Modernity and its Discontents: Questions of Identity 23
3 Letters from a Bachelor: Kafka's Letters to Felice Bauer 45
4 An Intercourse of Ghosts: Kafka's Letters to Milena Jesenska 78
5 The Double Taboo: The Male Body in The Judgment, The Metamorphosis, and In The Penal Colony 107
6 The Body of Literature: Kafka's Artist Stories 148
7 The Decaying Law: Discourses of Gender, Class, and Race in The Trial 181
8 Feminist Approaches to The Castle 243
Bibliography 287
Index 299
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