Das Lesen im entgöttlichten Universum: Kafkas “Ein Brudermord” als dramatisierte Metapher epistemologischen Scheiterns (Judith Sidler, Department of German, Dalhousie University)

Abstract

Kafka’s “Ein Brudermord” (“A Fratricide”) presents the reader with a vivid and multilayered allegory of the basic Kafkaesque predicament. In a number of intertextual references, Kafka invokes mainly one type of text: the “explanatory” or “master narrative,” i.e. religion and mythology. Yet, as one of his characters illustrates quite beautifully, in modern times, the “master” has disappeared, leaving only the “narrative.” In this story, which has baffled scholarship in its seemingly gratuitous violence, it is the inhumanity of a world which can no longer be read that Kafka demonstrates powerfully. With the help of a narratological examination of the point of view, the following article attempts to show how the modern failure of “making sense” is linked with the drastic and graphic murder the story portrays.

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Sidler, J. Das Lesen im entgöttlichten Universum: Kafkas “Ein Brudermord” als dramatisierte Metapher epistemologischen Scheiterns (Judith Sidler, Department of German, Dalhousie University). Neophilologus 91, 473–486 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11061-007-9030-7

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Schlüsselwörter

  • Deutschsprachige Literatur
  • Moderne
  • Franz Kafka
  • Ein Brudermord
  • Moderne Sinnkrise
  • Fokalisierung
  • Verlust der sinngebenden Instanz
  • Leseprozess
  • Intertextualität

Keywords

  • German Literatur
  • Modernism
  • Franz Kafka
  • A Fratricide
  • Focalization
  • Modern crisis of meaning
  • Reading process
  • Intertextuality