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The Absurd in Literature$
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Neil Cornwell

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780719074097

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719074097.001.0001

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Franz Kafka: otherness in the labyrinth of absurdity

Franz Kafka: otherness in the labyrinth of absurdity

(p.184) 7 Franz Kafka: otherness in the labyrinth of absurdity
The Absurd in Literature

Neil Cornwell

Manchester University Press

This chapter explores Franz Kafka, who has been universally considered as a staple of absurdism. It observes that there are a number of absurdists, proto-absurdists and supposed absurdists who seem to have been at the head of the anticipation, promotion and reinvigoration of the spirit of Kafka. The chapter then studies Kafka's relations with, and influence on, other writers, ending with a section on the concept of ‘bureaucratic fantastic’, as personified in Kafka's works. It notes that Kafka was an exponent not only of stories and novels, but also of fragments, diaries, aphorisms and letters.

Keywords:   Franz Kafka, absurdists, proto-absurdists, spirit of Kafka, bureaucratic fantastic, influence

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