Metamorphosis : Defending the Human

@article{Rowe2002MetamorphosisD,
  title={Metamorphosis : Defending the Human},
  author={M. Rowe},
  journal={Literature and Medicine},
  year={2002},
  volume={21},
  pages={264 - 280}
}
  • M. Rowe
  • Published 2002
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Literature and Medicine
This essay addresses a question that, I suggest, is implicit in Franz Kafka’s novella Metamorphosis: How can we defend individuals’ humanity when prolonged illness or other misfortune appears to have changed them utterly and when they themselves lack the full capacity to make their claim? I review critical commentaries on Metamorphosis and then discuss the protagonist’s misfortune and his family’s response to it as a “worst-case scenario” for ill persons and their caregivers—the potential that… Expand
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