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Idylls of the WandererOutside in Literature and Theory$
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Henry Sussman

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823227693

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823227693.001.0001

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Idylls of the Wanderer

Idylls of the Wanderer

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Idylls of the Wanderer

Henry Sussman

Fordham University Press

This chapter presents a commentary on the novel The Castle by Franz Kafka. It cites a passage from the novel that marks a transition in the protagonist's relation to the village he will haunt but never quite join. The protagonist in this novel was designated as the exemplary outsider, theoretically assuming the burdens of the outside figured and dramatized by writing like many other literary characters and protagonists of previous works of fiction from Don Quixote and beyond. This chapter examines the factors that contributed to the indispensability of the protagonist to the projection of Kafka's dysfunctional marginality and intimacy.

Keywords:   Franz Kafka, The Castle, protagonists, novel, outsider in literature

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