Franz Kafka And His Prague Contexts: Studies On Language And Literature by Marek NekulaFranz Kafka And His Prague Contexts: Studies On Language And Literature by Marek Nekula

Franz Kafka And His Prague Contexts: Studies On Language And Literature

byMarek Nekula

Paperback | June 15, 2016

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Franz Kafka is by far the Prague author most widely read and admired internationally. However, his reception in Czechoslovakia, launched by the Liblice conference in 1963, has been conflicted. While rescuing Kafka from years of censorship and neglect, Czech critics of the 1960s “overwrote” his German and Jewish literary and cultural contexts in order to focus on his Czech cultural connections. Seeking to rediscover Kafka’s multiple backgrounds, in Franz Kafka and His Prague Contexts Marek Nekula focuses on Kafka’s Jewish social and literary networks in Prague, his German and Czech bilingualism, and his knowledge of Yiddish and Hebrew. Kafka’s bilingualism is discussed in the context of contemporary essentialist views of a writer’s “organic” language and identity. Nekula also pays particular attention to Kafka’s education, examining his studies of Czech language and literature as well as its role in his intellectual life. The book concludes by asking how Kafka “read” his urban environment, looking at the readings of Prague encoded in his fictional and non-fictional texts.
Marek Nekula is professor of Slavic languages and literatures at the University of Regensburg, Germany. He is the author, in German, of Franz Kafkas Sprachen.
Title:Franz Kafka And His Prague Contexts: Studies On Language And LiteratureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:300 pages, 9.5 × 6.67 × 0.6 inPublished:June 15, 2016Publisher:Karolinum Press, Charles UniversityLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:8024629356

ISBN - 13:9788024629353


Table of Contents

Suppression and distortion: Franz Kafka ‘from the Prague perspective’
The ‘being’ of Odradek: Franz Kafka in his Jewish context
Franz Kafka’s languages
Kafka’s ‘organic’ language: Language as a weapon
Franz Kafka at school: Kafka’s education in Czech language and literature
Kafka’s Czech reading in context
Divided city: Franz Kafka’s reading of Prague
Editorial note

Editorial Reviews

“Nekula’s work has had a major impact on our understanding of Kafka’s relation to the complex social, cultural, and linguistic environment of early twentieth-century Prague. While little of this work has been available in English until now, the present volume translates many of his most important studies, and includes revisions and expansions appearing now for the first time. Nekula challenges stubborn clichés and opens important new perspectives: readers interested in questions relating to Kafka and Prague will find this an essential and richly rewarding book.”