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Studies in European Culture and History

Freedom and Confinement in Modernity

Kafka's Cages

Editors: Kordela, A., Vardoulakis, D. (Eds.)

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Kafka's literary universe is organized around constellations of imprisonment. Freedom and Confinement in Modernity proposes that imprisonment does not signify a tortured state of the individual in modernity. Rather, it provides a new reading of imprisonment suggesting it allows Kafka to perform a critique of a modernity instead.

About the authors

DIMITRIS VARDOULAKIS teaches at the University of Western Sydney, Australia.   KIARINA A. KORDELA teaches at Macalester College, USA.

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'Focusing on one of Kafka's crucial problem images the cage, the prisoner, the question of imprisonment, escape, and freedom Freedom and Confinement in Modernity does away with the misleading conception of imprisonment as lack of freedom. Instead, it combines a rich variety of approaches to unfold the cage as agent of cultural productivity and of literature itself. This volume provides a shining example of collaboration between philosophy, cultural studies, and literary theory.' - Benno Wagner, Professor, Siegen University, Germany

'The essays collected in Freedom and Confinement in Modernity set out to pursue a novel approach to Kafka's world. The focus on the figure of the 'cage' is thoughtful and original, as it allows us to rethink the literary specificity of Kafka's texts in terms of broader sociopolitical concerns, and situates Kafka's challenging work at the transdisciplinary core of fields as diverse as aesthetic theory, political philosophy, literary history, and psychoanalysis. This is a marvelous and thought-provoking volume.' - Gerhard Richter, Professor of German and Director of the Graduate Program in Critical Theory, University of California, Davis

'The power to stimulate fresh questions rather than put to rest earlier ones is surely a mark of what we have come to call greatness in a writer. Few have matched Kafka in generating successive challenges to conventional wisdom not only about literature, but also about life. In Freedom and Confinement in Modernity we come to know a new Kafka, who forces us to rethink many of our assumptions about the delicate relationship between constraint and emancipation in the modern era.' - Martin Jay, Sidney Hellman Ehrman Professor of History, University of California Berkeley


Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Kafka’s Cages: An Introduction

    Kordela, A. Kiarina (et al.)

    Pages 1-6

  • Special Views on Kafka’s Cages

    Corngold, Stanley

    Pages 9-28

  • Delusions of Agency: Kafka, Imprisonment, and Modern Victimhood

    Fleming, Chris (et al.)

    Pages 29-48

  • Kafka and Derrida Before the Laws

    Caygill, Howard

    Pages 49-59

  • Kafka’s Cage

    Mowitt, John

    Pages 63-86

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Freedom and Confinement in Modernity
Book Subtitle
Kafka's Cages
Editors
  • A. Kordela
  • D. Vardoulakis
Series Title
Studies in European Culture and History
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-11895-9
DOI
10.1057/9780230118959
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-11342-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-29526-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 244
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