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Kafka's 'Landarzt' Collection

Rhetoric and Interpretation


Gregory B. Triffitt

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: 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.