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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

Paperback Published: 10th August 2005
ISBN: 9781403967671
Number Of Pages: 289

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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.

'[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: 9781403967671
ISBN-10: 1403967679
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 289
Published: 10th August 2005
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.93 x 14.48  x 1.85
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition