Kafka's Ethics of Interpretation: Between Tyranny and Despair

Between Tyranny and Despair
Northwestern University Press
erschienen am 30. April 2016
Buch | Softcover | 176 Seiten
978-0-8101-3289-4 (ISBN)
Kafka's Ethics of Interpretation refutes the oft-repeated claim, made by Kafka's greatest interpreters, including Walter Benjamin and Harold Bloom, that Kafka sought to evade interpretation of his writings. Jennifer L. Geddes shows that this claim aboutKafka's deliberate uninterpretability is not only wrong, it also misconstrues a central concern of his work. Kafka was not trying to avoid or prevent interpretation; rather, his works are centrally concerned with it. Geddes explores the interpretation that takes place within, and in response to, Kafka's writings, and pairs Kafka's works with readings of Sigmund Freud, Pierre Bourdieu, Tzvetan Todorov, Emmanuel Levinas, and others. She argues that Kafka explores interpretation as a mode of power and violence, but also as a mode of engagement with the world and others. Kafka, she argues, challenges us to rethink the ways we read texts, engage others, and navigate the world through our interpretations of them.
Evanston | USA
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Höhe: 226 mm | Breite: 150 mm | Dicke: 10 mm
249 gr
978-0-8101-3289-4 (9780810132894)
0810132893 (0810132893)
Jennifer L. Geddes is an assistant professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia, USA.

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