Kafka “Shanghai-Ed”: Orientalist China in Kafka’s Fiction and Kafkaesque Phenomena in China

European Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies

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Title Kafka “Shanghai-Ed”: Orientalist China in Kafka’s Fiction and Kafkaesque Phenomena in China
Creator Mlačnik, Primož
Description During a visit to Shanghai in August 2019, I attempted to use the auto-ethnographic method to answer a few general questions: what is the image of China in Kafka’s literary imagination, what is Kafkaesque in Shanghai, and what is Shanghai-esque in Kafka? Because the combination of theoretical interest, spontaneous ethnographic observations, and personal reflections proved insufficient to respond to these questions, I also analyzed Kafka’s ‘Chinese’ stories, namely The Great Wall of China, In the Penal Colony, The Message from The Emperor, An Old Manuscript, and The Letters to Felice, and two Kafkaesque phenomena in China: the Shanghai World Expo and the Chinese Ghost Cities. I concluded that Kafka’s fiction contains certain Orientalist elements and that, through the perspective of contemporary material Kafkaesque phenomena, are more western than the West.
Publisher EUSER
Date 2019-05-31
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Peer-reviewed Article
Identifier http://journals.euser.org/index.php/ejis/article/view/4329
Source European Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies; Vol 5 No 2 (2019): EJIS May - August 2019; 36-44
Language eng
Relation http://journals.euser.org/index.php/ejis/article/view/4329/4199

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