Everyone's Darling

February 1995
144 pages
22.8x15.2 in
Literary Criticism in Perspective
ISBN: 9781571130006
Format: Hardback
Camden House

Everyone's Darling

Kafka and the Critics of His Short Fiction

Franz Kempf

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A history of Kafka criticism offering a synthesis of the myriad scholarly viewpoints.
Over the past eighty years Kafka has been appropriated by every conceivable critical camp, encompassing the entire gamut of the intellectual tradition of the West, including its postmodern and feminist critics. Yet, as this study shows for the first time, there is an underlying unity in all the diversity. What emerges from the critical Tower of Babel is that, at the core of Kafka's art, there lies a consciously constructed ambiguity which cannot be resolved — except through over-simplification — but which nevertheless appears to make sense to some readers. Professor Kempf's book combines survey and case study, using a selection of major critical voices, which fruitfully illuminate and comment on each other, to highlight the historical developments and discontinuities in the vast amount of critical literature devoted to Kafka.


"Kempf, who established himself as a Kafka critic with an excellent article on Die Verwandlung and Expressionism . . . has now produced a survey of Kafka criticism from the beginnings to the 1990s, referring chiefly to the shorter fiction, which will help anyone seeking a first map of this wilderness. It is in places refreshingly acerbic, especially when satirizing the inanity of deconstruction." AUSTRIAN STUDIES VII

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