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Kafka: Gender, Class, and Race in the Letters and Fictions

Elizabeth Boa


This study of Kafka centres on gender. The author's insights show how, in an age of reactionary hysteria, Kafka rejected patriarchy yet exploited women as literary raw material. Drawing on Kafka's letters to his fiancée and to the Czech journalist Milena Jesenská, the author illuminates the transformation of details of everyday life into the strange yet uncannily familiar signs which are Kafka's stylistic hallmark. The book argues that gender cannot be isolated from other dimensions of identity, and relates Kafka's alienating images of the male body and fascinated disgust of female sexuality t ... More

Keywords: Kafka, Milena Jesenká, gender, identity, male body, female sexuality, New Woman, Matriarch, seductress, Jew

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780198158196
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158196.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth Boa, author
University of Nottingham