Sander Gilman, <i>Franz Kafka, the Jewish Patient</i>. New York and London: Routledge, 1995. x + 328 pp.

W. J. Dodd

in Studies in Contemporary Jewry an Annual XV 1999

Published in print February 2000 | ISBN: 9780195134681
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848652 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Contemporary Jewry

Sander Gilman, Franz Kafka, the Jewish Patient. New York and London: Routledge, 1995. x + 328 pp.

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A review of the book, Franz Kafka, the Jewish Patient by Sander Gilman is presented. In this book, Gilman seeks to place Franz Kafka's life and work in the context of prevailing notions about Jews and Jewishness in turn-of-the-century Europe. The book is not a reading of Kafka's oeuvre as such but rather “a small attempt to see what is unobscured or only partially masked” in Kafka's fictions as they engage and reflect three overlapping and influential contemporary discourses that defined Jewishness: race, gender and disease.

Keywords: Franz Kafka; Jews; race; gender; disease; Jewishness

Chapter.  1123 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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