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Franz Kafka Kafka on the Shore Existentialism & Transcendentalism. Franz Kafka 1883-1924. Born in Prague, Czech Republic Jewish, middle class Doctor of Law No literary attention until after his death Died of tuberculosis at age of 40 Works published posthumously. Kafka. Influenced by

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franz kafka 1883 1924
Franz Kafka 1883-1924
  • Born in Prague, Czech Republic
  • Jewish, middle class
  • Doctor of Law
  • No literary attention until after his death
  • Died of tuberculosis at age of 40
  • Works published posthumously
kafka
Kafka
  • Influenced by
  • Socialism
  • Yiddish ( Jewish ) literature
  • Talmud ( Jewish mystical teachings)
  • Existentialism leanings
  • Transcendental metaphysical contemplation
existentialism
Existentialism
  • a sense of disorientation & confusion in the face of an apparently meaningless or absurd world.
  • the individual is solely responsible for giving his own life meaning and to be done passionately and sincerely despite of existential obstacles and distractions including despair, angst, absurdity, alienation, & boredom
  • emphasis is the individual about what constitutes a:
  • fulfilling life
  • achievements
  • obstacles to overcome
  • what external and internal factors are involved
  • includes the potential consequences of the existence] or non-existence of God.[
transcendental metaphysical contemplation
Transcendental metaphysical contemplation
  • reality, or reality as we can know it,is mentally constructed, or otherwise immaterial.
  • reality beyond what is perceptible to the senses
  • the mind shapes the world we perceive into the form of space-and-time.
now back to kafka
Now back to Kafka
  • Some believe he had schizoid personality disorder
  • Speculations regarding his sexual preferences
  • Anorexia?
  • Wrote in German
  • Never finished any of his full length novels
  • Known to start in middle or last page of note book & write in a random order
characteristics of his work
Characteristics of his work
  • Ambiguous words/terms
  • Hopelessness or absurdity
  • Magical realism
  • Metaphysical quest for God ( Talmud/ Zohar)
  • Surrealist humor
  • People invent their own struggles
famous for
Famous for
  • The Metamorphosis
  • The Trial
  • The Castle
  • It’s about a man who wakes up and finds he is changed into a beetle, and how his family reacts to his change. It’s an allegorical short novel about how society view illness, elderly, or societal expectations .
literary mystery missing writings
Literary mystery: Missing writings
  • 20 notebooks & 35 letters to last GF
  • Kafka Project San Diego State university
  • It began in 1998 is an official international search for his lost writings
  • confiscated by Gestapo in Berlin in 1933
  • 2003 they found 3 letters
  • 2010 found a short story