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Kafka and Wittgenstein

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ISBN: 9780810131460 9780810131842 9780810131507 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Northwestern University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 102830
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In Kafka and Wittgenstein, Rebecca Schuman undertakes the first ever book-length scholarly examination of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s philosophy of language alongside Franz Kafka’s prose fiction. In groundbreaking readings, she argues that although many readers of Kafka are searching for what his texts mean, in this search we are sorely mistaken. Instead, the problems and illusions we portend to uncover, the important questions we attempt to answer—Is Josef K. guilty? If so, of what? What does Gregor Samsa’s transformed body mean? Is Land-Surveyor K. a real land surveyor?— themselves presuppose a bigger delusion: that such questions can be asked in the first place. Drawing deeply on the entire range of Wittgenstein’s writings, Schuman cannily sheds new light on the enigmatic Kafka.

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Of Learned Ignorance: Idea of a Treatise in Philosophy

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ISBN: 9780615822549 Year: Pages: 58 DOI: 10.21983/P3.0031.1.00 Language: English
Publisher: punctum books
Subject: Philosophy
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What is a problem? What’s asked in that question, and how does one even begin to take its measure? How else could one begin, except as one does with any other problem—by way of its impulsion. Of Learned Ignorance: Idea of a Treatise in Philosophy is about philosophy because philosophy is about problems: philosophy, in a word, is where problems become a problem. After Anti-Oedipus, in the Kafka book and in A Thousand Plateaus, what Deleuze and Guattari counsel, strikingly, is sobriety. Sobriety is what they praise in Kafka. And it is sobriety that seems above all else to be necessary here. (Steven Shaviro has pointed out the prominence of structure in Deleuze’s writing: “even when Deleuze’s prose, by himself or with Guattari, seems to be ranging anarchically all over the place, in fact it has a rigid and unvarying architecture, which is what keeps it from falling apart.”) Of Learned Ignorance is a dead letter because it names a problem. It’s a dead letter because it is, cautiously, a love letter. It’s a dead letter because it lovingly stages an experiment in whimsy, and perhaps above all, because it is problematic (in the Kantian sense): It is a (sober) attempt at exemplifying what it talks about — and what eludes it: A series of footnotes, with blank (transcriptive) pages above, effects something like the integration of a differential, the reciprocal determination where the sources enter into in relation to one another in order to produce a paper, essay, or (inexistent) (chap)book. Of Learned Ignorance, in facing down a problem, makes a wager; it courts failure; it puts it all on the line. All, yes, for love — a kind of love … (of wisdom?)

Violent Modernists

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ISBN: 9780810129627 9780810129306 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Northwestern University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 102792
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Kai Evers’s Violent Modernists: The Aesthetics of Destruction in Twentieth-Century German Literature develops a new understanding of German modernism that moves beyond the oversimplified dichotomy of an avant-garde prone to aggression on the one hand and a modernism opposed to violence on the other. Analyzing works by Robert Musil, Franz Kafka, Karl Kraus, Walter Benjamin, Elias Canetti, and others, Evers argues that these authors are among the most innovative thinkers on violence and its impact on contemporary concepts of the self, history, and society.

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Literature --- Literature --- Germany --- Musil --- Kafka --- Benjamin --- Kraus --- Canetti --- Twentieth --- Aesthetics --- Destruction

Kafkas Institutionen

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Book Series: Lettre ISBN: 9783839405086 9783899425086 Year: Pages: 328 DOI: 10.14361/9783839405086 Language: German
Publisher: transcript Verlag
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Kafkas Texte sind Institutionengeschichten. Sie handeln von Ämtern, Prozessen und ihren Akten, von Volkskunde, Kaisertum und Legenden. Und sie handeln von Figuren, die von solchen Einrichtungen magisch angezogen werden und kaum in der Lage sind, ihr Dasein aus sich selbst heraus zu sichern. Kafkas Institutionen sind so einschließend wie ausschließend: Immer markieren sie eine Schwelle, sei es jene zwischen Autonomie und Zwang, jene zwischen Literatur und Leben oder schließlich die ihrer eigenen Unterscheidung, die Schwelle von Institution und Individuum. Kafkas Literatur ist eine Literatur der Institutionen, insofern sie diese Schwellenkunde betreibt. Die hier versammelten Beiträge lesen Kafkas Texte als Poetik der Institutionen, sie fragen nach den ordnungsstiftenden Funktionen für sein Schreiben, sie folgen den Wegen seiner Figuren, den Gängen, Vorzimmern, Lifts etc., und sie gehen seinen literarischen Verfahren auf den Grund: den Rhetoriken, Darstellungsweisen und Abläufen seiner Institutionengeschichten.

Mikrologien

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Book Series: Lettre ISBN: 9783839401682 9783899421682 Year: Pages: 182 DOI: 10.14361/9783839401682 Language: German
Publisher: transcript Verlag
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Mikrologien - das sind die Kleinigkeiten, die kleinen Dinge. Sie erscheinen oft als unbedeutend, niedlich, dem Übersehen preisgegeben. Aber erschöpft sich ihr Logos in dieser (scheinbaren) Schwäche? Die vorliegenden Aufsätze entdecken andere Potenziale des Kleinen. In Literatur und Philosophie wird das Grundlegende, das Störende, das Dichte, die fantastische Welthaltigkeit aufgespürt. Die Autoren stecken an exemplarischen Gegenständen einen historischen Raum vom 17. bis zum 21. Jahrhundert ab und erkunden das Kleine als motivische, formale, epistemische und poetologische Instanz. Die mikrologische Recherche zeigt, dass die keimhafte, monadische und atomistische Relation zum Großen und Ganzen die literarische und philosophische Einbildungskraft enorm provoziert hat. Der Band behandelt u.a. Arbeiten von Walter Benjamin, Adalbert Stifter, Samuel Beckett, Franz Kafka, Heinrich von Kleist und Virginia Woolf.

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