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Kafka's Travels : Exoticism, Colonialism, and the Traffic of Writing - John Zilcosky

Kafka's Travels

Exoticism, Colonialism, and the Traffic of Writing

Hardcover Published: 25th June 2003
ISBN: 9780312232818
Number Of Pages: 289

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In 1916, Kafka writes of The Sugar Baron, a dime-store colonial adventure story, "[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, In the Penal Colony, 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 travel discourses of his day.
In 1916, Kafka writes of The Sugar Baron, a dime-store colonial adventure story, "[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, In the Penal Colony, 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 travel discourses of his day.

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'[T]here is much to be said for [Zilcosky's] new, postcolonial Kafka.' - Times Literary Supplement

Introduction--Kafka's Travels?
Transcending the Exotic: Nostalgia, Exoticism, and Kafka's
Early Travel Novel
The "America" Novel: Learning How to Get Lost
Traveling at Home: The Trial and the Exotic Heimat
Savage Travel: Sadism and Masochism in Kafka's Penal "Colony"
Of Sugar Barons and Land Surveyors: Colonial Visions of Schaffsteins' Little Green Books and The Castle
The Traffic of Writing: Technologies of Intercourse in the Letters to Milena
Travel, Death, and the Exotic
Journey Home: "The Hunter Gracchus"
Epilogue: Kafka's Final Journey
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ISBN: 9780312232818
ISBN-10: 0312232810
Series: St Martins Press
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 289
Published: 25th June 2003
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.1 x 15.44  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 1

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