By Carolin Duttlinger
"By a ways the main usually and greatly mentioned visible medium in Kafka's texts, images is paradigmatic of his courting to visuality extra ordinarily. This learn not just explores photography's recurrence as a subject inside of his texts however it is additionally the 1st to take systematic account of Kafka's use of images as literary resource material." "Kafka and images offers essentially the most important glossy writers from a wholly new point of view; it sheds new mild on accepted works and uncovers unexplored features of Kafka's engagement together with his time and context. offering a chronological account of key prose works, in addition to the private writings, this learn is obtainable to scholars and lay readers. it will likely be of curiosity not just to literary students but in addition to these operating in images, media, and cultural reports. Its exact textual analyses are set opposed to a richly documented old context which illustrates Kafka's curiosity in modern tradition via more than a few visible fabric taken from public in addition to deepest resources - a few of which has just recently turn into to be had. As this publication demonstrates, images had a profound influence on Kafka's literary mind's eye and as such is helping to give an explanation for the enchanting depth of enigmatic visible aspect that is a trademark of his narratives."--Jacket. Read more...
summary: "By a long way the main often and widely mentioned visible medium in Kafka's texts, images is paradigmatic of his dating to visuality extra typically. This examine not just explores photography's recurrence as a topic inside his texts however it can also be the 1st to take systematic account of Kafka's use of pictures as literary resource material." "Kafka and images provides the most very important glossy writers from a wholly new standpoint; it sheds new mild on typical works and uncovers unexplored points of Kafka's engagement along with his time and context. offering a chronological account of key prose works, in addition to the non-public writings, this learn is on the market to scholars and lay readers. it will likely be of curiosity not just to literary students but in addition to these operating in images, media, and cultural experiences. Its precise textual analyses are set opposed to a richly documented ancient context which illustrates Kafka's curiosity in modern tradition via various visible fabric taken from public in addition to inner most assets - a few of which has only in the near past turn into to be had. As this booklet demonstrates, images had a profound influence on Kafka's literary mind's eye and as such is helping to provide an explanation for the enchanting depth of enigmatic visible aspect that's an indicator of his narratives."--Jacket
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Das kleine Fahrrad. Die Versöhnung der Eltern. Maßlose Unterhaltung. Vorher trauriger Film ‘Das Unglück im Dock’ nachher lustiger ‘Endlich allein’. Bin ganz leer und sinnlos, die vorüberfahrende Elektrische hat mehr lebendigen Sinn. ( TB 595) Was at the cinema. Cried. ‘Lolotte’. The good priest. The little bicycle. The reconciliation of the parents. Boundless entertainment. Before it, a sad ﬁlm, ‘The Accident on the Dock’, after it, the gay ‘Alone at Last’. Am entirely empty and insensible, the passing tram has more living feeling.
From Film to Photography 35 All of these innovations are, however, characterized by a double bind: modern man emerges as ‘eine Art Prothesengott … , recht großartig, wenn er alle seine Hilfsorgane anlegt, aber sie sind nicht mit ihm verwachsen und machen ihm gelegentlich noch viel zu schaffen’ [‘a kind of prosthetic God. ⁴ For Freud, the incomplete fusion of the body and its prosthetic extensions exposes the limits of both technology and the human subject. In Kafka’s dream, in contrast, the optical device has actually merged with the body, yet rather than assuaging such anxieties, this fusion reveals the traumatic implications of technological progress, which challenges the physical and mental boundaries of the individual, highlighting the inherent inadequacies of his sensory apparatus.
With the growing political and cultural emancipation of the bourgeoisie in the nineteenth century, the position of monarchs across Europe became more precarious, as they could no longer rely on absolutism to legitimize their position of power. As a result, they needed to cultivate popular support to maintain their political and economic privileges, and photography provided a chief tool in this undertaking. Monarchs such as Queen Victoria or Napoleon III of France commissioned photographs which depicted them as middle-class ﬁgures to increase their legitimacy amongst the liberal bourgeoisie.