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Extraterrestrial Kafka: Ahead to the Graphic Novel

Henry Sussman

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Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780823232833
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241170 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823232833.003.0002
Extraterrestrial Kafka: Ahead to the Graphic Novel

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For Kafka, there is always something out of this world, meaning radically weird and inexhaustible, about Kafka that arrives in broad strokes and tiny splashes. Kafka was uncannily attuned to the systematic restructuring ensuing from nineteenth-century colonialism and military science, from twentieth-century corporate organization and bureaucracy, and from the enlarged scale, acceleration, and range of mass communications facilitated by such technologies as the telephone, radio transmission, and photo journalism. Kafka's imagination of systems and of urban and bureaucratic space under advanced capitalism succumbs to contemporary graphic fiction as the taking-off point and basic assertion of this chapter.

Keywords: graphic novel; mass communications; technologies; systems; Kafka; capitalism; graphic fiction

Chapter.  8717 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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