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Kafka’s Animal Stories: Modernist Form and Interspecies Narrative

  • Marianne DeKoven
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature book series (PSAAL)

Abstract

Kafka’s animal stories, especially “The Metamorphosis” and “A Report to an Academy,” have been of great interest to the interdisciplinary field of animal studies. A number of works in literary animal studies have used the complexity of Kafka’s stories to discuss such topics of current interest as crossing the human-animal divide, what we can and cannot know of what it is to be another animal, how writing from the point of view of a nonhuman animal can both provide possible exits from the solipsism of the modern or bourgeois subject and also shift our own understanding of human subjectivity, ontology, epistemology, and limitation; also, how thinking about these stories, and animal literature in general, can serve the goal of decentering anthropocentrism.1

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Human Language Nonhuman Animal Crew Member Human Speech Human Philosophy 
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