Colour and Light, Illness and Death: A New Interpretation of Kafka's Der Proceß by Barbara McKenzieColour and Light, Illness and Death: A New Interpretation of Kafka's Der Proceß by Barbara McKenzie

Colour and Light, Illness and Death: A New Interpretation of Kafka's Der Proceß

byBarbara McKenzie

Paperback | May 7, 2011

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This work explores an original interpretation of Franz Kafka’s novel, Der Proceß (The Trial), which argues that the novel is in the form of a series of dreams, dreamt by a man who has been stricken with a serious illness. The thesis presents detailed evidence to show that the novel is intended to be a transcript of the dreams of the protagonist, Josef K., and that K. is suffering from tuberculosis, a fact which both gives rise to and shapes his dreams.
The thesis also discusses the special role of art, literature and colour, which have a notable effect on the way the illness manifests itself in the dreams.
In arguing this interpretation the author explodes a number of myths about the novel, not least that the world of Josef K., rather than being dreary and monochrome, is full of beauty and colour.
Barbara McKenzie has recently completed a doctoral thesis on Kafka’s The Trial, the content of which forms the basis for this work. The author is a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and Lancaster University, England.
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Title:Colour and Light, Illness and Death: A New Interpretation of Kafka's Der ProceßFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.66 × 5.91 × 0.68 inPublished:May 7, 2011Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3034306334

ISBN - 13:9783034306331

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Table of Contents

Contents: The Trial as dreams – Freud and dreams – The Trial as a medical case – Direct and indirect references to illness – The role of art and mythology – Underlying references to illness.

Editorial Reviews

«McKenzie’s study of ‘Der Process’ offers profound and refreshing new insights that will serve the interests of Kafka lovers and scholars alike.» (Roxane Riegler, Journal of Austrian Studies 45, 2012/3)