We plan to create an interdisciplinary edited volume on Franz Kafka and the representation of animal characters in his writing, tentively entitled Kafka's Creatures. We are seeking original unpublished articles, of approximately 5000-7500 words, addressing the broad questions: How do these non-human characters function in Franz Kafka’s literature, diaries, and letters? What do his representations of animality indicate about Kafka’s – or our own – understanding of the human? How does our understanding of the nature of the human – and the humane – impact our understanding of non-human animals? How does Kafka use animals to explore ideas of escape, refuge, exploration, liberation, self-discovery, self-invention, revolt, vitality, ideas of conformity, taboo, social or familial failure, awakening, alienation, return or failure to return to innocence?
Full article (with bibliography), short abstract, and brief biography, should be sent by e-mail attachment by March 1, 2007, to both Dr. Donna Yarri ([log in to unmask]) and Dr. Marc Lucht ([log in to unmask]). We would be delighted to discuss the project further with you if you were to get in touch via e-mail.
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