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Triffitt, Gregory B.

Kafka's 'Landarzt' Collection

Rhetoric and Interpretation

Series: Australisch-Neuseeländische Studien zur deutschen Sprache und Literatur / Australian and New Zealand Studies in German Language and Literature - Volume 13

Year of Publication: 1985

New York, Bern, Frankfurt/M., 1985. 236 pp.
ISBN 978-0-8204-0204-8 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.390 kg, 0.860 lbs

 
 
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Book synopsis

Deriving from one of the most turbulent, yet fruitful periods in Kafka's career, some of the 14 Landarzt pieces have attracted hundreds of commentators. But very few scholars have concerned themselves with the work as a totality, and none of them has adequately accounted for the quite specific ordering of the pieces, although Kafka, himself, set considerable store by the matter. Through a detailed examination of previous Kafka research and a thorough analysis of the collection as a subtly structured unity, this study attempts to make good the omissions of earlier inter- preters.

Contents

Contents: Scholarship and the Collection - Issues in Kafka Inter- pretation (Allegorik, Parabolik, Einsinnigkeit, Para- doxie) - Towards a Rhetoric of the Collection (Structure, Point of View, Symbol) - Ein Landarzt. Kleine Erzählungen: An Interpretation.

Reviews

«Die beiden einleitenden Kap. über Streitfragen der K.-Deutung und über Formeigentümlichkeiten im Werk des Prager Autors ragen wegen ihrer Gründlichkeit und aufgrund der vielen Anregungen, die sie auch dem Andersdenkenden vermitteln können, aus der Fülle bloß durchschnittlicher Lit.produktion hervor. Triffitt gibt differenzierte, nüchterne Forschungs- berichte, die durch eigene Diskussionspunkte weitergeführt werden.» (Hartmut Binder, Germanistik)

Series

Australian and New Zealand Studies in German Language and Literature. Vol. 13
Edited by Gerhard Schulz and John A. Asher