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Agambens joyful Kafka finding freedom beyond subordination

Anke. Snoek

2012

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  • Title:
    Agambens joyful Kafka finding freedom beyond subordination
  • Author: Anke. Snoek
  • Description: FC; Half title; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Quote; Contents; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Introduction: Kafka's Hope; Kafka's legacy; Agamben's legacy; Agamben's reading of Kafka; Agamben's unorthodoxy; Kafka's hope: A way out; Agamben's hope: Profane messianism and potentiality; Agamben's goal: Fulfilment of the metaphysical tradition; Kafka defended against his interpreters; How to read this book; 1 Strategies in Response to Law (1); Introduction; The law that is in force without significance; Kafka's messianic inversion; 2 Strategies in Response to Law (2); Introduction
    The ruse of the man from the countryThe self-slander of Joseph K.; Bucephalus' study; 3 Strategies in Response to Bare Life; Introduction; The creation of bare life; The indistinguishability of law and life in The Castle; Kafka's destruction of paradise; Kafka's creaturely lives; 4 Strategies in Response to the 'Work of Man'; Introduction; Determining the 'work of man'; Kafka's 'work cage'; Odradek's being without purpose; The being without work of the assistants and messengers; The irreparability of the assistants; Sancho Panza's saving of Dulcinea; 5 Strategies in Response to Activism
    IntroductionThe compulsion of activism; The gestures of the Oklahoma theatre; Joseph K.'s shame; The 'as not' of the parable 'On Parables'; 6 Strategies in Response to the Sacrality of Life; Introduction; The sacrality of life; Kafka's limbo; The steps of the land surveyor; Kafka's new Kabbalah: Redemption for God, the count and the judges; 7 Strategies in Response to Language; Introduction; Language as presupposition and exclusion; The return of the person in suspended animation; The impatience of literature; Kafka's becoming language and magical names
    The justness of the officer in the penal colony8 Strategies in Response to Time (1); Introduction; Time as chronological compulsion; Kafka's art: Perfect nihilism as the ground of our existence; A free life in the shadow of the Great Wall of China; The mighty paw of transmissibility; Odradek's Nachleben; The closed fist in the city coat of arms; 9 Strategies in Response to Time (2); Introduction; The lightness of the bucket rider; The Messiah who comes the day after his arrival; Conclusion: Finding Freedom Beyond Subordination; Law; Life; Power; Language; Time
    Finding freedom beyond subordinationBibliography; Index
    Both Giorgio Agamben and Franz Kafka are best known for their gloomy political worldview. A cautious study of Agamben''s references on Kafka, however, reveals another dimension right at the intersection of their works: a complex and unorthodox theory of freedom. The inspiration emerges from Agamben''s claims that ''it is a very poor reading of Kafka''s works that sees in them only a summation of the anguish of a guilty man before the inscrutable power''. Virtually all of Kafka''s stories leave us puzzled about what really happened. Was Josef K., who is butchered like a dog, defeated? And what
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury
  • Format: 1 online resource (181 p.).
  • Identifier: ISBN 1-62892-673-2;ISBN 1-4411-7249-1;ISBN 1-283-84859-7;ISBN 1-4411-1012-7
  • Subjects: Agamben, Giorgio, 1942- -- Criticism and interpretation; Kafka, Franz, 1883-1924 -- Criticism and interpretation; Political science -- Philosophy; Electronic books
  • Language: English
  • Source: 01DAL UDM ALMA

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