. Kleist, Kafka, and the Refutation of Reading

Benjamin Bennett

in The Dark Side of Literacy

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780823229161
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241002 | DOI:
. Kleist, Kafka, and the Refutation of Reading

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Reading and analyzing Franz Kafka and Heinrich von Kleist have been perennial research undertakings in philology. This final chapter highlights the correlation between the practice of reading and one's impressionable or obstinate nature as he or she relates and commits his or her self to a certain text, consequently losing his or her own identity or guarding his or her objectivity, respectively. In addition, the chapter explains how one's reading experience is of a circumstantial spirit. The author succinctly claims that an ideal reader is one “...whose attention is focused on the text as experience, on the manner in which the text is passing through his mind here and now....” This categorization implies that a proactive reader should objectively and imaginatively integrate the text's meaning into his or her memory and perception.

Keywords: circumstance; experience; Kafka; Kleist

Chapter.  20432 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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