Kafka’s Poetics of Indeterminacy: On Trauma, Hysteria, and Simulation at the Fin de Siècle

@article{Zilcosky2011KafkasPO,
  title={Kafka’s Poetics of Indeterminacy: On Trauma, Hysteria, and Simulation at the Fin de Si{\`e}cle},
  author={John Zilcosky},
  journal={Monatshefte},
  year={2011},
  volume={103},
  pages={344 - 359}
}
Although readers have related many biographical factors to Kafka’s writing, none has noticed the importance of his long-standing interest in the deleterious effect of modernization on people. Beginning with the train-transported characters of his early writing and moving to the nervously symptomatic bodies of his later work, I argue that we must understand Kafka’s well-known poetics of indeterminacy within this framework. I analyze Kafka’s writings as an accident-insurance clerk, where he… Expand
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