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
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
Peer-reviewed Article
 
Identifier http://journals.euser.org/index.php/ejis/article/view/4329
10.26417/ejis-2019.v5i2-283
 
Source European Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies; Vol 5 No 2 (2019): EJIS May - August 2019; 36-44
2411-4138
2411-958X
10.26417/ejis-2019.v5i2
 
Language eng
 
Relation http://journals.euser.org/index.php/ejis/article/view/4329/4199
 

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