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Incarcerated in <i>Amerika</i>: Literature Addresses the Political, with the Help of Ernesto Laclau

Henry Sussman

in Idylls of the Wanderer

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780823227693
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235278 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823227693.003.0008
Incarcerated in Amerika:             Literature Addresses the Political, with the Help of Ernesto Laclau

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This chapter examines the presentation of political themes in Franz Kafka's novel Amerika. It suggests that Argentine political theorist Ernesto Laclao played a role in addressing political issues in literature. It analyzes the parallelism between a specific set of affairs prevailing in Kafka's day and the work that embodied his response to multiple and multifaceted factors. It suggests that the political thematics and allegory of the novel are endowed with a full range of psychoanalytical parameters.

Keywords: Amerika; Franz Kafka; political novel; Ernesto Laclao; political thematic; political allegory

Chapter.  10679 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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