Re: Kafka and Derrida (deconstruction)
- Hi group,
For those of you who would be interested in the article of Martha
Robinson I refer to in my previous post (see below) please note that
the URL has changed to :
My apologies for not having checked the link before posting.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "nicoleh7" <nicoleh7@y...> wrote:
> Hi Janet
> What an intersting post !
> I confess to not having read much of Derrida, getting (too?) easily
> irritated by what I experience as his pedantry.
> But the way you present his thesis about Kafka makes it
> You must be an excellent teacher !
> For a totally different approach of The Trial, you might like to
> Martha Robinson's article "The Law of the State in Kafka's The
> Trial" :
> The author gives a lot of information about the legal system in the
> Austrian Empire at the time Kafka lived and contends that many
> elements in the Trial are a satire of it.
> When you have the time, please let us know how your research is
> --- In email@example.com, "his_assistants"
> <his_assistants@y...> wrote:
> > Hello,
> > My name is Janet Lucas. I obtained my Ph.D. in 2003 and currently
> > teach English Literature (modernism in particular) at the
> > of Toronto and York University.
> > My current research has led me to Kafka (I love his work and have
> > of major novels and short stories). Kafka's writing,
> > The Castle and The Trial led me to Derrida. Derrida, at least in
> > earlier work, e.g., "Structure, Sign and Play...," "Differance"
> > Grammatology, focused on how while the structure was predicated
> upon a
> > presence--a presence that would fix the play of meaning--it was in
> > fact predicated upon an absence. This is played out (forgive the
> > in The Castle and The Trial. Kafka's writing reveals as a
> > predicated upon absence, though (and importantly), the characters
> > unquestioningly believe in a 'presence,.' and it is precisely
> > belief that simultaneously enforces a presence while revealing its
> > absence. Specifically, it is the constant 'play' of the
> > their acting in accordance with a presence that does not exist
> > exists only to the extent that they believe it; and as such
> > continually construct it)--something that a presence is supposed
> > limit--that The Castle and The Trial reveals the lack of a master
> > signifier (the Law, God, etc.)
> > My concern here is that I might be arguing a point that has
> > been made. If anyone can let me know, or has any ideas on the
> > please let me know.
> > --
> > Sincerely,
> > Janet L. Lucas, Ph.D.
> > University of Toronto
> > York University
> > e-mail: jlucas@y...
> > web: www.yorku.ca/jlucas