Franz Kafka: otherness in the labyrinth of absurdity

Neil Cornwell

in The Absurd in Literature

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2006 | ISBN: 9780719074097
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700969 | DOI:
Franz Kafka: otherness in the labyrinth of absurdity

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This chapter explores Franz Kafka, who has been universally considered as a staple of absurdism. It observes that there are a number of absurdists, proto-absurdists and supposed absurdists who seem to have been at the head of the anticipation, promotion and reinvigoration of the spirit of Kafka. The chapter then studies Kafka's relations with, and influence on, other writers, ending with a section on the concept of ‘bureaucratic fantastic’, as personified in Kafka's works. It notes that Kafka was an exponent not only of stories and novels, but also of fragments, diaries, aphorisms and letters.

Keywords: Franz Kafka; absurdists; proto-absurdists; spirit of Kafka; bureaucratic fantastic; influence

Chapter.  15864 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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