The Myth of Power and the Self: Essays on Franz Kafka - Kritik: German Literary Theory and Cultural Studies Series (Hardback)Walter H. Sokel (author)
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Publisher: Wayne State University Press
Number of pages: 360
Weight: 603 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 26 mm
This is a gathering of dense, rich essays on Kafka spanning four decades, produced from a relation of affinity between critic and author that may be without parallel in recent criticism. Sokel reads Kafka with so assured an understanding and with such an acknowledged accomidatingness to alternative readings that it is almost impossible to speak of its errors...This is simply the best book of criticism on Kafka's thought and work ever written.--Modernism/Modernity
[This is] a volume that is undoubtedly destined to become a standard work of Kafka criticism. The author writes with all the authority deriving from a lifetime's fascinated involvement with Kafka work.--Patrick O\'Neill "Queens University, Canada "
If Tragedy and Irony is the start of any good Kafka library, it is clear that The Myth of Power and the Self is the other bookend.--Ruth Gross "University of Texas-Arlington "
Professor Sokel's new book not only presents a broader perspective, but also modifies and differentiates some of his former positions. He makes excellent use of new theoretical thinking but the focal point of his deliberations remains always the literary text. This elegantly written new book demonstrates an impressive combination of analytical and interpretative skills which will inspire Kafka scholars and Kafka readers alike.--Walter Hinderer "Princeton University "
The world's most eminent Kafka scholar selects essays from important phases of his life-long critical dialogue with Kafka's myth. They show his deepening understanding and continuous efforts of re-reading Kafka's texts, at the same time integrating and evaluating new research. Three new essays complete a volume which is as indispensable as Sokel's prior major trail blazing study Tragik und Ironie.--Maria Luise Caputo-Mayr "Temple University "
Like all of Walter Sokel's previous scholarship, The Myth of Power and the Self is the product of rich erudition and acute interpretive insight; it is destined to become a standard of literary criticism, read with profit and enjoyment by scholars and students alike.--Richard Gray "University of Washington "
Walter Sokel's productive relationship with Franz Kafka may be unique in the history of criticism. The Myth of Power and the Self is astoundingly comprehensive, a record of the precise ways in which a great writer like Kafka is always both inside and just outside our daily life. Sokel's argument-that Kafka articulates the core Western ambivalences about individualism and the power-drive-is peculiarly relevant to the present seismic historical shift.--James Rolleston "Duke University "
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