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The Resource Kafka's Jewish languages : the hidden openness of tradition, David Suchoff

Kafka's Jewish languages : the hidden openness of tradition, David Suchoff

Label
Kafka's Jewish languages : the hidden openness of tradition
Title
Kafka's Jewish languages
Title remainder
the hidden openness of tradition
Statement of responsibility
David Suchoff
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
""In Kafka's Jewish Languages David Suchoff quite persuasively argues that the Germanic interplay between high and low (Yiddish) languages and the rise of modern Hebrew account for far more of the plays and innovations of Kafka's writing than has previously been acknowledged. Suchoff's diligent, innovative, and supremely intelligent work adds significantly to Kafka scholarship and Judaic studies."--Henry Sussman, Yale University After Franz Kafka died in 1924, his novels and short stories were published in ways that downplayed both their author's roots in Prague and his engagement with Jewish tradition and language, so as to secure their place in the German literary canon. Now, nearly a century after Kafka began to create his fictions, Germany, Israel, and the Czech Republic lay claim to his legacy. Kafka's Jewish Languages brings Kafka's stature as a specifically Jewish writer into focus. David Suchoff explores the Yiddish and modern Hebrew that inspired Kafka's vision of tradition. Citing the Jewish sources crucial to the development of Kafka's style, the book demonstrates the intimate relationship between the author's Jewish modes of expression and the larger literary significance of his works. Suchoff shows how "The Judgment" evokes Yiddish as a language of comic curse and examines how Yiddish, African American, and culturally Zionist voices appear in the unfinished novel, Amerika. In his reading of The Trial, Suchoff highlights the black humor Kafka learned from the Yiddish theater, and he interprets The Castle in light of Kafka's involvement with the renewal of the Hebrew language. Finally, he uncovers the Yiddish and Hebrew meanings behind Kafka's "Josephine the Singer, or the Mouse-Folk" and considers the recent legal case in Tel Aviv over the possession of Kafka's missing manuscripts as a parable of the transnational meanings of his writing. David Suchoff is Professor of English at Colby College."--Project Muse
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Cataloging source
SFB
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Suchoff, David Bruce
Dewey number
833/.912
Index
index present
LC call number
PT2621.A26
LC item number
Z8946 2012eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Kafka, Franz
  • Kafka, Franz
  • Kafka, Franz
  • European / German
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • European / German
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • Hebrew language
  • Language and languages
  • Germanic Literature
  • Languages & Literatures
Label
Kafka's Jewish languages : the hidden openness of tradition, David Suchoff
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Afterword. The Puzzle of National Traditions, or the Art of Nut-Cracking
  • Notes
  • Index
  • Acknowledgments
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Introduction. Kafka's Jewish Voice
  • Chapter 1. Cold War Kafka and Beyond
  • Chapter 2. The Breakthrough to Jewish Languages
  • Chapter 3. Hebrews in New York
  • Chapter 4. Kabbalah and Comedy
  • Chapter 5. Open Boundaries
Control code
793012722
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781283897242
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt35gmw8
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)793012722
Label
Kafka's Jewish languages : the hidden openness of tradition, David Suchoff
Publication
Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Afterword. The Puzzle of National Traditions, or the Art of Nut-Cracking
  • Notes
  • Index
  • Acknowledgments
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Introduction. Kafka's Jewish Voice
  • Chapter 1. Cold War Kafka and Beyond
  • Chapter 2. The Breakthrough to Jewish Languages
  • Chapter 3. Hebrews in New York
  • Chapter 4. Kabbalah and Comedy
  • Chapter 5. Open Boundaries
Control code
793012722
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781283897242
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt35gmw8
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)793012722

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