By (author) Stanley Corngold
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Lambent Traces by Stanley Corngold
Book DescriptionOn the night of September 22, 1912, Franz Kafka wrote his story "The Judgment," which came out of him "like a regular birth." This act of creation struck him as an unmistakable sign of his literary destiny. Thereafter, the search of many of his characters for the Law, for a home, for artistic fulfillment can be understood as a figure for Kafka's own search to reproduce the ecstasy of a single night. In Lambent Traces: Franz Kafka, the preeminent American critic and translator of Franz Kafka traces the implications of Kafka's literary breakthrough. Kafka's first concern was not his responsibility to his culture but to his fate as literature, which he pursued by exploring "the limits of the human." At the same time, he kept his transcendental longings sober by noting--with incomparable irony--their virtual impossibility. At times Kafka's passion for personal transcendence as a writer entered into a torturous and witty conflict with his desire for another sort of transcendence, one driven by a modern Gnosticism. This struggle prompted him continually to scrutinize different kinds of mediation, such as confessional writing, the dream, the media, the idea of marriage, skepticism, asceticism, and the imitation of death. Lambent Traces: Franz Kafka concludes with a reconstruction and critique of the approaches to Kafka by such major critics as Adorno, Gilman, and Deleuze and Guattari.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780691127804
(229mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 28-Aug-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Stanley Corngold
Sufferings of Young Werther, Paperback (January 2013)
"A highly readable, sensitive, and lively Werther. Corngold is both faithful to the German and true to the demands of a modern English text" -Jeremy Adler, Times Literary Supplement
Kafka's Selected Stories, Paperback (September 2006)» View all books by Stanley Corngold
In 1945, W. H. Auden remarked that Kafka stands in the same relation to his century as Shakespeare does to his-Kafka is the representative of the twentieth century, the poet who gives it its voice.
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Author Biography - Stanley Corngold
Stanley Corngold is Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Princeton University. His books include "The Fate of the Self", "Franz Kafka: The Necessity of Form", and "Complex Pleasure" as well as two translations of Kafka's "The Metamorphosis" and "Selected Stories".
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