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Den inre Processen som yttrande: Kafka, triangeln, bildningsresan

Journal article
Authors Christer Ekholm
Published in Tidskrift för litteraturvetenskap
Volume 48
Issue 3
Pages 12–24
ISSN 1104-0556
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion
Pages 12–24
Language sv
Keywords Franz Kafka, Der Proceß, Bildungsroman, characterization
Subject categories Specific Literatures, General Literature Studies


This article examines Franz Kafkas Der Proceß (1925) in dialogue with Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari's as well as Hanna Arendts influential readings of it. Sharing Arendt's view of the telos of Kafka's novels as dependent on the characterization of the protagonists, Deleuze and Guattari's description of the Kafka-text as a machine is put into question. Through close readings of especially the first and final chapter of Der Proceß, exploring Josef K.s personal development in relation to the genre of Bildungsroman and the modernistic motif of 'I versus the Other(s)', the narrative description of K. and his inner process is regarded as a device in the realm of the novel as an utterance. What comes to the fore in such a perspective is Der Proceß as a reader-oriented critique of modern individualism, calling for the importance of reaching out to and caring for others.

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