Kafka and Pinter Shadow-Boxing

The Struggle between Father and Son

  • Authors
  • Raymond Armstrong

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Raymond Armstrong
    Pages 37-79
  3. Raymond Armstrong
    Pages 80-114
  4. Raymond Armstrong
    Pages 115-171
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 172-198

About this book


Kafka and Pinter is the first major study to focus on the extraordinary affinity between these two heavyweights of twentieth-century literature. As well as offering a bold new interpretation of Kafka's portrayal of the struggle between father and son in his classic stories The Judgement and The Metamorphosis , the book seeks to assess and document, through a detailed exposition of textual and other evidence, the extent to which Pinter's treatment of the same theme has been influenced by Kafka's example. Three of Pinter's plays - The Homecoming, Family Voices and Moonlight - are examined in depth, the last two more comprehensively perhaps than ever before. Clearly written and replete with all manner of fascinating parallels and interconnections, this book commends itself not only to students of Kafka and/or Pinter, but also to those with a more general interest in such areas as comparative literature, theatre studies, religion and psychology.


comparative English literature Franz Kafka Harold Pinter interpret knowledge literature play psychology religion theatre theatre studies

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