CFP: Franz Kafka and Animals (3/1/07; collection)

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Call for Papers - Franz Kafka and Animals

>From Dr. Donna Yarri and Dr. Marc Lucht


We plan to create an interdisciplinary edited volume on Franz Kafka and
his use of animal characters in his writing. 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unpublished articles, of approximately 5000-7500 words, addressing the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 ( and Dr. Marc Lucht
( 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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Received on Sat May 27 2006 - 13:27:00 EDT

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