Title
K. as "confessional hero" : a Foucauldian reading of Kafka's Der Prozeß K. as "confessional hero" : a Foucauldian reading of Kafka's Der Prozeß
Author
Faculty/Department
Institute of Jewish Studies
Publication type
article
Publication
Berlin ,
Subject
Literature
Source (journal)
Arcadia : internationale Zeitschrift für literarische Kultur. - Berlin
Volume/pages
45(2011) :1 , p. 99-120
ISSN
0003-7982
ISI
000294675400006
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Despite the existence of a Foucauldian research tradition in Kafka scholarship, its central tenets (power, subjectivity, and space) have seldom been brought together in readings of Kafka's The Trial. This article proposes to read Kafka's novel as a coherent reflection on the nature of disciplinary power in modern society, whose hero, K., can be regarded as a confessional animal engaging in the most elaborate acts of self-examination. This confesssional subjectivity is analyzed in relation to the nature of power visible in the novel and its specific spatial constellations. Each of these is explored at the intersection between the Foucauldian theory of disciplinary power and the notion of a society of global control developed more recently, particularly by Gilles Deleuze.
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