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The Mystical Life of Franz Kafka: Theosophy, Cabala, and the Modern Spiritual Revival

June O. Leavitt


This book aims to show that the “Kafkaesque” in Franz Kafka may be immediate or residual impressions of the clairvoyance which Kafka admitted he suffered from: Those aspects of his writings in which the solid basis of human cognition totters, and objects are severed from physical referents, can be understood as mystical states of consciousness. However, this book also demonstrates how the age in which Kafka lived shaped his mystical states. Kafka lived during the modern Spiritual Revival, a powerful movement which resisted materialism, rejected the adulation of science and Darwin and idealized ... More

Keywords: Kafka, Kafka’s stories, mysticism, mystical experience, mystical literature, prague, clairvoyance, transcendental consciousness, altered states, paranormal psychology, occult, occultism, mystical imagination, theosophy, spiritualism, spirituality, cabala, kabbalah, freemasons, synaesthesia, spirituality of dreams, mysticism of dreams, vegetarianism, out-of-body experience, naturopathy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199827831
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827831.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

June O. Leavitt, author
Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel