Franz Kafka

(2552 words)
  • William J. Dodd (University of Birmingham)

Franz Kafka’s enigmatic and frequently ominous narratives continue to exercise a fascination over readers far removed historically and geographically from the world he inhabited. His fictions are typically stripped of overt reference to a particular location or time, offering an imaginative distillation of his historically and culturally specific experiences (including his extensive reading). Part of the fascination of reading Kafka is the sense that the surfaces of his texts encode deeper meanings, so that we feel impelled to search for these deeper meanings as we read. Symbol, metaphor, and analogy play an important part in his narratives, as do language games, a dimension that is inevitably often lost in translation. The …

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Dodd, William J.. "Franz Kafka". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 January 2004
[, accessed 04 October 2015.]

Articles on Kafka's works

  1. Brief an den Vater [Letter to my Father]
  2. Das Schloss [The Castle]
  3. Das Urteil [The Judgment]
  4. Der Prozess [The Trial]
  5. Der Verschollene / Amerika [Amerika: The Man Who Disappeared]
  6. Die Aeroplane in Brescia [The Aeroplanes at Brescia]
  7. Die Verwandlung [Metamorphosis]
  8. Ein Landarzt [A Country Doctor]
  9. In der Strafkolonie [In the Penal Colony]