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Apocalyptic Futures: Marked Bodies and the Violence of the Text in Kafka, Conrad, and Coetzee

Russell Samolsky


This book sets out to articulate a new theory and textual practice of the relation between literary reception and embodiment by arguing that certain modern literary texts have apocalyptic futures. Rather than claim that great writers have clairvoyant powers, it examines the ways in which a text incorporates an apocalyptic event—and marked or mutilated bodies—into its future reception. The book is thus concerned with the way in which apocalyptic works solicit their future receptions. Deploying the double register of “marks” to show how a text both codes and targets mutilated bodies, the book fo ... More

Keywords: apocalyptic, Conrad, Coetzee, embodiment, future reception, incorporation, Kafka, marked bodies, messianic counter-time, Spiegelman

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780823234790
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823234790.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Russell Samolsky, author
Department of English, University of California, Santa Barbara