Franz Kafka: Das Schloss [The Castle]

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  • William J. Dodd (University of Birmingham)

I>Das Schloss [The Castle], Kafka’s third and last novel, is one of his most ambitious, elusive and subtle texts. It resembles many of Kafka’s other third-person narratives, including Der Prozess [The Trial], in the extent to which the narrative perspective provides intimate but at the same time potentially critical access to the consciousness of the central character, and in the way the surface meaning of the text seems to contain significant names and symbols, metaphors and cultural references which invite us to look for deeper meanings. The Castle has neither the broad picaresque canvas of the America novel, nor the dramatic …

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Dodd, William J.. "Das Schloss". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 April 2005
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