THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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Franz Kafka Literary Criticism

The Trail

An essay by the literary critic J. Hillis Miller who considers this novel to be "a truly strange work". Its primary focus is a discussion on speech acts and narrative theory. Comparisons are made with Dickens's Bleak House.

The Metamorphosis

A paper by Robert Silhol of the Institut d'Anglais Charles V which engages in a textual analysis of the language used in the short story as well as assessing the strategies of psychoanalytic literary criticism.

The Castle

In this essay, Peter Goldman of Westminster College draws on the work of René Girard and others to explore Kafka's conception of internal mediation and transcendence in this novel.

In the Penal Colony

An essay by Jakob Lothe of the University of Oslo looking at narrative and ethics in Kafka's novel, as well as works by Joseph Conrad and W.G. Sebald.