Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature

Kafka’s Nonhuman Form

Troubling the Boundaries of the Kafkaesque

Authors: Geier, Ted

  • Recasts Kafka’s works to reveal a deeper political purpose behind the appearances of nonhuman forms
  • Bridges recent theories included within the “nonhuman” turn with close literary analyses of Kafka's original German
  • Touches upon a wide portion of Kafka’s well known work including The TrialThe Metamorphosis, and his short stories, as well as works such as Amerika that have received less attention
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This book is a compact study of Kafka’s inimitable literary style, animals, and ecological thought—his nonhuman form—that proceeds through original close readings of Kafka’s oeuvre. With select engagements of Adorno, Derrida, and the literary heritage from Romanticism to Dickens that influenced Kafka, Ted Geier discusses Kafka’s literary, “nonhuman” form and the way it unsettles the notion of a natural and simple existence that society and culture impose, including the boundaries between human and animal. Through careful attention to the formal predicaments of Kafka’s works and engaging with Kafka’s original legal and social thought in his novels and short stories, this book renders Kafka’s sometimes impossibly enigmatic work legible at the level of its expression, bringing surprising shape to his work and redefining what scholars and readers have understood as the “Kafkaesque”.


About the authors

Ted Geier is currently Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Rice University and the founder of the Interdisciplinary Animal Studies Group at the University of California, Davis, USA. He has taught comparative literature, cinema, Romanticism, and American cultural studies at San Francisco State University, Davis, and Rice. He is the author of articles and book chapters on animals and ecology in the works of Italo Calvino, recent world literature, and British literature of the long nineteenth century, in addition to ecocinema, especially in the work of Terrence Malick. 

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Introduction: Present Progression, Always-Already, Grammars of the Nonhuman

    Geier, Ted

    Pages 1-29

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  • Digging In (Not Digging It): Obsessive Creatures and Sociality

    Geier, Ted

    Pages 31-50

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  • Finding Oneself Awoken From: Nonhuman Metamorphoses

    Geier, Ted

    Pages 51-73

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  • Unlike a Dog, Having Done Nothing Wrong: After the Law

    Geier, Ted

    Pages 75-104

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  • Conclusion: Interminable Subjects

    Geier, Ted

    Pages 105-111

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eBook 39,99 €
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Hardcover 53,49 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-40393-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Kafka’s Nonhuman Form
Book Subtitle
Troubling the Boundaries of the Kafkaesque
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-40394-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-40394-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-40393-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 121
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 illustrations in colour
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