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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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Incarcerated in Amerika: Literature Addresses the Political, with the Help of Ernesto Laclau

Incarcerated in Amerika: Literature Addresses the Political, with the Help of Ernesto Laclau

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(p.178) Eight: Incarcerated in Amerika: Literature Addresses the Political, with the Help of Ernesto Laclau
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Idylls of the Wanderer
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Henry Sussman

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823227693.003.0008

This chapter examines the presentation of political themes in Franz Kafka's novel Amerika. It suggests that Argentine political theorist Ernesto Laclao played a role in addressing political issues in literature. It analyzes the parallelism between a specific set of affairs prevailing in Kafka's day and the work that embodied his response to multiple and multifaceted factors. It suggests that the political thematics and allegory of the novel are endowed with a full range of psychoanalytical parameters.

Keywords:   Amerika, Franz Kafka, political novel, Ernesto Laclao, political thematic, political allegory

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