Constructing China: Kafka's Orientalist Discourse (Studies in German Literature, Linguistics, and Culture)

Constructing China: Kafka's Orientalist Discourse (Studies in German Literature, Linguistics, and Culture)

By: Rolf J. Goebel (author)Hardback

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Goebel studies four representative works by Kafka that explore the problems of the Western representation of the Orient: his 'Description of a Struggle'; several letters to Felice Bauer, offering an interpretation of Chinese poetry in connection with the conflict between writing and Kafka's love for Felice; the canonical story 'The Great Wall of China', parodically appropriating sterotypes of China's stagnant history and authoritarian emperors for a refutation of colonialist ideas of progress; and the sequel 'An Old Manuscript', dramatising China's invasion by foreign powers and the breakdown of crosscultural communication. Elucidating these themes from a broadly comparative perspective, Goebel shows Kafka to be one of German modernism's most intriguing and self-reflective writers on the Orient. ROLF J. GOEBEL is Professor of German at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

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  • ISBN13: 9781571131447
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 144
  • ID: 9781571131447
  • ISBN10: 1571131442

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