Reading Kafka's Trial Politically: Justice–Law–Power

@article{Smith2008ReadingKT,
  title={Reading Kafka's Trial Politically: Justice–Law–Power},
  author={G. M. Smith},
  journal={Contemporary Political Theory},
  year={2008},
  volume={7},
  pages={8-30}
}
  • G. M. Smith
  • Published 2008
  • Sociology
  • Contemporary Political Theory
This article offers a political reading of Franz Kafka's posthumous work The Trial. In this novel, the main protagonist (Joseph K.) is subject to an arrest and trial conducted by the ambiguous authority of a shadowy court and its officials. This article explores Joseph K.'s experience of being subject to the Law, and relates this to our own understanding and experience of political subjectivity in modern times. K.'s doomed search for order through a ‘permanent resolution’ of his case is related… Expand
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