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The literary science of the 'Kafkaesque'

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This study provides a precise definition of the term 'Kafkaesque' by enriching literary criticism with scientific theory and practice, including an experiment on readers' responses to Kafka. Dictionary definitions justify taking the term back to its textual origins in Kafka's works, and the works can fruitfully be analysed by investigating how readers engage with them through cognitive processes of imagination. Modern scientific developments posit that vision, imagination, and consciousn...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Brasenose College
Department:
Humanities Division - Medieval and Modern Languages Faculty - German

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Supervisor
Publication date:
2009
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
Oxford University, UK
URN:
uuid:47188ae7-a32b-41e8-b591-303b7d9367de
Local pid:
ora:4537

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