A Franz Kafka Encyclopedia

Hardcover | August 31, 2005

byRichard T. Gray

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Known for depicting alienation, frustration, and the victimization of the individual by impenetrable bureaucracies, Kafka's works have given rise to the term "Kafkaesque." This encyclopedia details Kafka's life and writings. Included are more than 800 alphabetically arranged entries on his works, characters, family members and acquaintances, themes, and other topics. Most of the entries cite works for further reading, and the Encyclopedia closes with a selected, general bibliography. Included are entries on Kafka's works, characters, themes, family members, acquaintances, and other topics, such as: Abraham Absurd Animals Bureaucracy Colonialism Death Don Quixote Sigmund Freud Guilt Irony Judaism K. Thomas Mann Nihilism And many more. Entries often cite works for further reading, and the Encyclopedia closes with a selected, general bibliography.

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Known for depicting alienation, frustration, and the victimization of the individual by impenetrable bureaucracies, Kafka's works have given rise to the term "Kafkaesque." This encyclopedia details Kafka's life and writings. Included are more than 800 alphabetically arranged entries on his works, characters, family members and acquaint...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:344 pages, 10.34 × 7.12 × 1.16 inPublished:August 31, 2005Publisher:Greenwood PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0313303754

ISBN - 13:9780313303753

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?Gray and his coauthors offer a wonderfully rich compendium of facts, opinions, explications, and exegeses that cover every conceivable aspect of Kafka's life and writings. Individual articles of varying lengths, by four of the world's leading Kafka scholars, explore in great detail the personages, plots, techniques, and impacts of Kafka's works, and also shed extensive light on his personality, mindset, and approach to the craft of writing. Many of the more substantial articles also provide brief "Further Reading" lists, most frequently in German or English; these add considerably to the book's research and teaching value. Alphabetical and classed lists of entries (with corresponding English key for terms in German) are also very useful features of this intelligently planned, beautifully executed reference work. An extensive and very up-to-date bibliography of secondary works rounds out this encyclopedia, which is sturdily made and printed on NISO permanent paper standard stock. This indispensable volume will be useful for any library supporting programs in modern European literature, and also appropriate for most large public libraries that have collections of contemporary belles lettres. Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers.??Choice