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Description - Kafka's Travels by John Zilcosky

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, this book re-reads Kafka's major works ("Amerika", "The Trial","The Castle") through the lens of fin-de-siecle travel culture. Making use of literary and cultural materials such as 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 mm)
Pages: 289
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Publish Date: 25-Jun-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - John Zilcosky

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