Postmodernism in "Metamorphosis" Book Review by Shaad

Postmodernism in "Metamorphosis"
An examination of Franz Kafka's story "Metamorphosis" in relation to postmodernism.
# 128385 | 864 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2009 | BD
Published by on Jul 18, 2010 in English (Analysis) , Literature (European (other))

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This paper examines how far Kafka's "Metamorphosis" is an expression of postmodernism. It begins with Derrida's ideas regarding postmodernism, especially in reference to the concept of difference. A close examination of the story follows, the aim of which is to demonstrate that meaning is continuously deferred throughout the story. In other words, we always have a semblance of meaning, yet absolute meaning eludes us to the end. The conclusion is drawn that Kafka's aim is postmodernist.

From the Paper:

" Kafka's story Metamorphosis has such a preposterous premise that one is tempted to search for poignant meaning to the whole. But the search is frustrated at every turn, and the final effect is bewilderment. However, when examined in the light of postmodernism, the very absence of meaning begins to appear meaningful. Postmodernism is a philosophy, or rather an attitude, that expresses the futility of rationalism, especially in relation to the Western tradition of it. The tragic events of the twentieth century confirmed this attitude of pessimism among many writers and artists, and this has given rise to a substantial postmodernist literature, for example the novel Ulysses by James Joyce, and the poem ''The Wasteland'' by T. S. Eliot. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Kafka, Franz. The Transformation and Other Stories: Works Published During Kafka's Lifetime. Translated by Malcolm Pasley. New York: Penguin Classics, 1992.
  • Keller, Catherine and Anne Daniell. Process and Difference: Between Cosmological and Poststructuralist Postmodernisms. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2002.

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