Kafka's Ethics of Interpretation: Between Tyranny and by Jennifer L. Geddes

By Jennifer L. Geddes

Kafka's Ethics of Interpretation refutes the oft-repeated declare, made through Kafka's maximum interpreters, together with Walter Benjamin and Harold Bloom, that Kafka sought to stay away from interpretation of his writings. Jennifer L. Geddes exhibits that this declare approximately Kafka's planned uninterpretability isn't just flawed, it additionally misconstrues a principal drawback of his paintings. Kafka was once no longer attempting to stay away from or hinder interpretation; really, his works are centrally all for it.

Geddes explores the translation that happens inside of, and according to, Kafka's writings, and pairs Kafka's works with readings of Sigmund Freud, Pierre Bourdieu, Tzvetan Todorov, Emmanuel Levinas, and others. She argues that Kafka explores interpretation as a style of energy and violence, but additionally as a method of engagement with the area and others. Kafka, she argues, demanding situations us to reconsider the methods we learn texts, interact others, and navigate the realm via our interpretations of them.

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