Kafka and Wittgenstein

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Publication Date
November 2015
Page Count
232 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9

Kafka and Wittgenstein

The Case for an Analytic Modernism
Rebecca Schuman

In Kafka and Wittgenstein, Rebecca Schuman undertakes the first ever book-length scholarly examination of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s philosophy of language alongside Franz Kafka’s prose fiction. In groundbreaking readings, she argues that although many readers of Kafka are searching for what his texts mean, in this search we are sorely mistaken. Instead, the problems and illusions we portend to uncover, the im-portant questions we attempt to answer—Is Josef K. guilty? If so, of what? What does Gregor Samsa’s transformed body mean? Is Land-Surveyor K. a real land surveyor?— themselves presuppose a bigger delusion: that such questions can be asked in the first place. Drawing deeply on the entire range of Wittgenstein’s writings, Schuman can-nily sheds new light on the enigmatic Kafka.

About the Author

REBECCA SCHUMAN is an adjunct instructor in the Pierre Laclede Honors College at the University of Missouri—St. Louis. She is the education columnist for Slate and a regular contributor to the Chronicle of Higher Education.