By Richard T. Gray, Ruth V. Gross, Rolf J. Goebel, Clayton Koelb
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Known for depicting alienation, frustration, and the victimization of the person through impenetrable bureaucracies, Kafka's works have given upward push to the time period Kafkaesque. This encyclopedia information Kafka's lifestyles and writings.
Included are greater than 800 alphabetically prepared entries on his works, characters, relatives and buddies, subject matters, and different subject matters. many of the entries cite works for additional examining, and the Encyclopedia closes with a specific, common bibliography.
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Singer, "The Young Revolutionaries: 'The Rejection'," The Kafka Debate: New Perspectives for Our Time, ed. Angel Flores (New York: Gordian, 1977), 126-32. "Die Abweisung" ("Rejection"). Kafka included the manuscript of this brief dialogic text, originally entitled "Begegnung" (Encounter), as an attachment to a letter to Hedwig Weiler presumably written in October or November of 1907. Since in this letter Kafka remarks that the text is about a year old, its initial composition most likely dates back to 1906.
Richard Gray, for example, is most closely associated with literary sociology, Ruth Gross with theoretical readings of short fiction, Rolf Goebel with postcolonialism, and Clayton Koelb with postmodern rhetorical criticism. Precisely because of the difficulty of Kafka's writing, however, it is important for readers to be able to distinguish between, on the one hand, misunderstandings based on insufficient information about the text, the writer, the literary techniques typically employed, and the historical epoch; and, on the other, the confusions that arise as a constituent aspect of Kafka's writing.
Sigmund Freud analyzed such structures as mechanisms of self-control in Totem and Taboo, stressing the peculiar ambivalence, the simultaneous pleasure and anxiety, people experience at the thought of transgressing social, moral, and political codes. The ritual of petition and its rejection that is continually choreographed in Kafka's tale thus reveals itself to be an effective mechanism for reaffirming and stabilizing the power hierarchy and its concomitant oppression 4 "Die Abweisung" in the village: while providing the mass of citizens with psychological release, it simultaneously reinforces the absolute nature of the colonel's authority and validates his tyranny over the village—despite the fact that there are no documents that underwrite or legitimize this authority.