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Kafka Toward a Minor Literature (Theory & History of Literature) Paperback – 31 Oct 1986
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In Kafka Deleuze and Guattari free their subject from his (mis)intrepreters. In contrast to traditional readings that see in Kafka's work a case of Oedipalized neurosis or a flight into transcendence, guilt, and subjectivity, Deleuze and Guattari make a case for Kafka as a man of joy, a promoter of radical politics who resisted at every turn submission to frozen hierarchies.
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6 January 2012
Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles's review below outlines a conventional A-level cramming notes view of Kafka but fails to engage with any aspect of the text under consideration or with any of the authors original ideas. He merely seems angry that he could not understand the challenging language and ideas in the book. His review displays almost no knowledge of Deleuze and Guattari's concepts, the origins and development of their ideas, their critique of biographical literary interpretation, the importance they place on Kafka or of their view of art and literature as sources of new philosophical concepts. IMO his is not a genuine review, merely an ignorant rant which Amazon should remove.
23 October 2004
While most interpretations of Kafka's work centre around a psychoanalytic point of view, especially concerning the Oedipal rebellion as it corresponded to his real-life relationship with his father, this book proposes that these sort of approaches only denigrate Kafka's work by applying terms of reference which are not suitable. By asserting that Kafka's work must be read POLITICALLY (and no, not in a Marxist way, rather in the sense that it overtly sets out to change the prevailing standards) rather than as an intimate portrayal of his life (something Kafka himself hated) they, quite convincingly, argue that his work is a subverison of language, not of personal, cultural, or religious signification. The work is semi-accesible (though at points head scratchingly vague in that super-intellectual sense) and undoubtably interesting for those enamored of Kafka's work, but it is important to understand that Deleuze and Guattari come to this subject with an alterior motive in mind (Deleuze being a philospher/theorist, Guattari being a psychoanalyst). Deleuze (I cannot speak of Guattari) coming from a semi-deconstructionist angle and therefore interested in destabilising essentialism (meaning that it is within their own self interests to confirm this theory rather than explore it). With this in mind however, this work is extremely rich and a refreshing counterpoint to all the "the bug was Kafka" interpretations.
7 February 2014
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The machine of Leibniz and it's transcendence in Spinoza suggests the machine of Kafka. Refreshing and positive, in the way that Kafka viewed his existence.
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