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Kafka: Judaism, Politics, and Literature

Ritchie Robertson


Franz Kafka wrote Das Urteil, his first major work of literature, in a single night in the autumn of 1912. It was for him a breakthrough, and closely connected with it was the awakening of his interest in Jewish culture. This is a general study of Kafka, which explores the literary and historical context of his writings, and links them with his emergent sense of Jewish identity. What is emphasized throughout is Kafka's concern with contemporary society — his distrust of its secular, humanitarian ideals — and his desire for a new kind of community, based on religion.

Keywords: Franz Kafka, Judaism, Jewish culture, Jewish identity, Das Urteil, society, community, religion, literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1987 Print ISBN-13: 9780198158141
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158141.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ritchie Robertson, author
Downing College, Cambridge
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