The Art of Projective Thinking: Franz Kafka and the Paranoid Vision

  title={The Art of Projective Thinking: Franz Kafka and the Paranoid Vision},
  author={B. Mcelroy},
  journal={MFS Modern Fiction Studies},
  pages={217 - 232}
  • B. Mcelroy
  • Published 1985
  • Philosophy
  • MFS Modern Fiction Studies
The basic task of Kafka criticism is not to explicate his work but to account for it. How does he bring off time and again, often in just a fragmentary paragraph in his journals, the nearly impossible effects that he achieves? What is the source of the power that his writing exerts over our imaginations, the persuasiveness, even fittingness of the bizarre events that he describes? Why do we enter his world with something like an unsettling sense of recognition? Why do his stories so often seem… Expand
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