9780393967975

Metamorphosis : Translations, Backgrounds, and Contexts, Criticism

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  • ISBN13:

    9780393967975

  • ISBN10:

    0393967972

  • Edition: 00
  • Format: Textbook Paperback
  • Copyright: 2/17/1996
  • Publisher: W W NORTON
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Summary

The novella is fully annotated and is accompanied by selected textual variants. Backgrounds and Contexts introduces readers to The Metamorphosis in the richest possible setting. The links between the author's life and his work are explored through an examination of his personal writings. Kafka's letters and diary entries illuminate the creative process behind his portrait of Gregor Samsa, his family, and their nightmarish ordeal. Criticism collects seven essays from the period 1970-95 representing the most important currents in literary theory#xE2;#x80;#x94;semiotics, feminism, identity philosophy, New Historicism, and post-Freudian cultural psychoanalysis. The essays offer a variety of perspectives on the novella by Iris Bruce, Nina Pelikan Straus, Kevin W. Sweeney, Mark Anderson, Hartmut Binder, Eric Santner, and Stanley Corngold. A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
The Text of The Metamorphosis
1(60)
KAFKA'S MANUSCRIPT REVISIONS
43(18)
Backgrounds and Contexts
61(18)
Franz Kafka
From Wedding Preparations in the Country
61(1)
Letters and Diaries
61(13)
Gustav Janouch
From Conversations with Kafka
74(5)
Criticism
79(132)
Stanley Corngold
Kafka's The Metamorphosis: Metamorphosis of the Metaphor
79(28)
Iris Bruce
Elements of Jewish Folklore in Kafka's Metamorphosis
107(19)
Nina Pelikan Straus
Transforming Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis
126(14)
Kevin W. Sweeney
Competing Theories of Identity in Kafka's The Metamorphosis
140(14)
Mark M. Anderson
Sliding Down the Evolutionary Ladder? Aesthetic Autonomy in The Metamorphosis
154(18)
Hartmut Binder
The Metamorphosis: The Long Journey into Print
172(23)
Eric Santner
Kafka's Metamorphosis and the Writing of Abjection
195(16)
Franz Kafka
A Chronology 211(4)
Selected Bibliography 215

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