Kafka's Travels by John Zilcosky
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Kafka's Travels
By John Zilcosky

Kafka's Travels

Exoticism, Colonialism and the Traffic of Writing

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Kafka's Travels by John Zilcosky

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In 1916, Kafka writes of The Sugar Baron , a dime-store colonial adventure novel, '[it] affects me so deeply that I feel it is about myself, or as if it were the book of rules for my life.' John Zilcosky reveals that this perhaps surprising statement - made by the Prague-bound poet of modern isolation - is part of a network of remarks that exemplify Kafka's ongoing preoccupation with popular travel writing, exoticism, and colonial fantasy. Taking this biographical peculiarity as a starting point, Kafka's Travels elegantly re-reads Kafka's major works ( Amerika , The Trial , The Castle ) through the lens of fin-de siecle travel culture. Making use of previously unexplored literary and cultural materials - travel diaries, train schedules, tour guides, adventure novels - Zilcosky argues that Kafka's uniquely modern metaphorics of alienation emerges out of the author's complex encounter with the utopian travel discourses of his day.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780312232818
ISBN-10: 0312232810
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 140mm x 26mm)
Pages: 306
Imprint: St Martin's Press
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Publish Date: 25-Jun-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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In 1916, Kafka writes of The Sugar Baron, a dime-store colonial adventure novel, '[it] affects me so deeply that I feel it is about myself, or as if it were the book of rules for my life.

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Author Biography - John Zilcosky

JOHN ZILCOSKY teaches German and Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto, Canada. He has published articles on Kafka, Schopenhauer, Paul Auster, Botho Strauss, and literary theory.

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