France/Kafka: An Author in Theory (New Directions in German Studies) (Hardcover)

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While his memory languished under Nazi censorship, Franz Kafka covertly circulated through occupied France and soon emerged as a cultural icon, read by the most influential intellectuals of the time as a prophet of the rampant bureaucracy, totalitarian oppression, and absurdity that branded the twentieth century. In tracing the history of Kafka's reception in postwar France, John T. Hamilton explores how the work of a German-Jewish writer from Prague became a modern classic capable of addressing universal themes of the human condition.

Hamilton also considers how Kafka's unique literary corpus came to stimulate reflection in diverse movements, critical approaches, and philosophical schools, from surrealism and existentialism through psychoanalysis, phenomenology, and structuralism to Marxism, deconstruction, and feminism. The story of Kafka's afterlife in Paris thus furnishes a key chapter in the unfolding of French theory, which continues to guide how we read literature and understand its relationship to the world.

About the Author

John T. Hamilton is William R. Kenan Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Harvard University, USA. He is the author of seven books, including most recently Philology of the Flesh (University of Chicago Press, 2018) and Complacency: Classics and its Displacement in Higher Education. (University of Chicago Press, 2022).
Product Details
ISBN: 9798765100363
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication Date: February 9th, 2023
Pages: 200
Language: English
Series: New Directions in German Studies