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Kafka: Gender, Class, and Race in the Letters and Fictions$
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Elizabeth Boa

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198158196

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158196.001.0001

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The Body of Literature Kafka's Artist Stories

The Body of Literature Kafka's Artist Stories

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(p.148) 6 The Body of Literature Kafka's Artist Stories
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Kafka: Gender, Class, and Race in the Letters and Fictions
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Elizabeth Boa

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158196.003.0006

This chapter sheds light on the symbolic and almost surreal conflicts present in many of Kafka's celebrated works. It not only looks at his famous novels such as The Metamorphosis, but also his short stories, such as A Country Doctor and Josephine the Singer. Kafka's short stories typically depicted the life he dreaded; as in the case of the doctor who was an old bachelor, or more importantly the flaws and failures of the society he lived in. Importantly, Josephine the Singer or The Mouse Folk is a cleverly written depiction of Jewish life in Germany; not only focusing on the struggles of the Jewish race in relation to other races, but also on the internal conflicts of Kafka's kind. These are the artists, the writers, as depicted by Josephine, who among her kind is both resented and loved for her strange gift of singing.

Keywords:   existentialism, symbolic wound, hunger artist, hunger art

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