Kafka's Jewish Languages: The Hidden Openness of Tradition (Haney Foundation Series)

By: David Suchoff (Author)

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After Franz Kafka died in 1924, his novels and short stories were published in ways that downplayed both their author's roots in Prague and his engagement with Jewish tradition and language, so as to secure their place in the German literary canon. Now, nearly a century after Kafka began to create his fictions, Germany, Israel, and the Czech Republic lay claim to his legacy. "Kafka's Jewish Languages" brings Kafka's stature as a specifically Jewish writer into focus.David Suchoff explores the Yiddish and modern Hebrew that inspired Kafka's vision of tradition. Citing the Jewish sources crucial to the development of Kafka's style, the book demonstrates the intimate relationship between the author's Jewish modes of expression and the larger literary significance of his works. Suchoff shows how "The Judgment" evokes Yiddish as a language of comic curse and examines how Yiddish, African American, and culturally Zionist voices appear in the unfinished novel, "Amerika." In his reading of "The Trial," Suchoff highlights the black humor Kafka learned from the Yiddish theater, and he interprets "The Castle" in light of Kafka's involvement with the renewal of the Hebrew language. Finally, he uncovers the Yiddish and Hebrew meanings behind Kafka's "Josephine the Singer, or the Mouse-Folk" and considers the recent legal case in Tel Aviv over the possession of Kafka's missing manuscripts as a parable of the transnational meanings of his writing.

Title: Kafka's Jewish Languages: The Hidden Openness of Tradition (Haney Foundation Series)

Author Name: David Suchoff (Author)

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Publisher: U.S.A., University of Pennsylvania Press: 2011

ISBN Number: 0812243714

ISBN Number 13: 9780812243710

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Like New

Seller ID: 117631

Description: Like New Condition. Kafka's Jewish Languages: The Hidden Openness of Tradition (Haney Foundation Series). David Suchoff (Author). Product Details Series: Haney Foundation Series Hardcover: 280 pages Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press (December 13, 2011) Language: English ISBN-10: 0812243714 ISBN-13: 978-0812243710 Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1 inches

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