Freedom and Confinement in Modernity

Kafka’s Cages

  • A. Kiarina Kordela
  • Dimitris Vardoulakis

Part of the Studies in European Culture and History book series (SECH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Kafka’s Cages: An Introduction

    1. A. Kiarina Kordela, Dimitris Vardoulakis
      Pages 1-6
  3. Interpreting Kafka’s Cages

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Stanley Corngold
      Pages 9-28
    3. Chris Fleming, John O’Carroll
      Pages 29-48
    4. Howard Caygill
      Pages 49-59
  4. Reconceptualizations of Kafka’s Cages

  5. Performatives of Kafka’s Cages

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. Christophe Bident
      Pages 201-211
    3. Henry Sussman
      Pages 213-237
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 239-244

About this book


Kafka's literary universe is organized around constellations of imprisonment. Freedom and Confinement in Modernity proposes that imprisonment does not signify a tortured state of the individual in modernity. Rather, it provides a new reading of imprisonment suggesting it allows Kafka to perform a critique of a modernity instead.


critique Franz Kafka Jacques Derrida liberty

Editors and affiliations

  • A. Kiarina Kordela
    • 1
  • Dimitris Vardoulakis
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of German StudiesMacalester CollegeSaint PaulUSA
  2. 2.University of Western SydneyAustralia

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