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Kafka's Travels

Exoticism, Colonialism, and the Traffic of Writing

Authors: Zilcosky, J.

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In 1916, Kafka writes of The Sugar Baron , a dime-store colonial adventure novel, '[it] affects me so deeply that I feel it is about myself, or as if it were the book of rules for my life.' John Zilcosky reveals that this perhaps surprising statement - made by the Prague-bound poet of modern isolation - is part of a network of remarks that exemplify Kafka's ongoing preoccupation with popular travel writing, exoticism, and colonial fantasy. Taking this biographical peculiarity as a starting point, Kafka's Travels elegantly re-reads Kafka's major works ( Amerika , The Trial , The Castle ) through the lens of fin-de siecle travel culture. Making use of previously unexplored literary and cultural materials - travel diaries, train schedules, tour guides, adventure novels - Zilcosky argues that Kafka's uniquely modern metaphorics of alienation emerges out of the author's complex encounter with the utopian travel discourses of his day.

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JOHN ZILCOSKY teaches German and Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto, Canada. He has published articles on Kafka, Schopenhauer, Paul Auster, Botho Strauss, and literary theory.

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'[T]here is much to be said for [Zilcosky's] new, postcolonial Kafka.' - Times Literary Supplement


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Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Kafka's Travels
Book Subtitle
Exoticism, Colonialism, and the Traffic of Writing
Authors
Copyright
2003
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-07637-3
DOI
10.1007/978-1-137-07637-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-312-23281-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4039-6767-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 289
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