A Franz Kafka Encyclopedia by Richard T. Gray, Ruth V. Gross, Rolf J. Goebel, Clayton

By Richard T. Gray, Ruth V. Gross, Rolf J. Goebel, Clayton Koelb

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Known for depicting alienation, frustration, and the victimization of the person by way of impenetrable bureaucracies, Kafka's works have given upward thrust to the time period Kafkaesque. This encyclopedia info Kafka's lifestyles and writings.

Included are greater than 800 alphabetically prepared entries on his works, characters, kinfolk and pals, topics, and different themes. lots of the entries cite works for additional interpreting, and the Encyclopedia closes with a particular, common bibliography.

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In keeping with this aim, the Encyclopedia contains, among other things, (1) synopses of all of Kafka's fictional works, as well as his published and unpublished essays; (2) brief descriptions of the primary characters of his fictional texts; (3) information about his literary notebooks, diaries, and epistolary correspondence; (4) discussions of the published editions of his works; (5) explanations of his relationships with family members, friends, and significant contemporaries; (6) descriptions of his reception of major writers, artists, and thinkers; (7) information about Kafka's life and the intellectual climate in his native Prague; and, finally, (8) the elucidation of literary-historical terms, cultural concepts, and textual motifs that are central to his writing.

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Because of extensive professional and administrative commitments by the two original authors, progress on the book moved slowly for the first several years, and the decision was eventually made to invite others to become part of an author collective. In 2001 Rolf Goebel and Clayton Koelb officially joined the group, and the pace of work on the manuscript began to pick up. Over the course of work on the book, especially with the addition of the new authors, the original list of entries was revised and, above all, considerably shortened.

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