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Comparative Literature Graduate Theses & Dissertations

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The Impossible Impossible: Kafka's "Beschreibung Eines Kampfes", Darin Trent Graber Jan 2010

The Impossible Impossible: Kafka's "Beschreibung Eines Kampfes", Darin Trent Graber

Comparative Literature Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Franz Kafka’s “Beschreibung eines Kampfes” employs a uniquely troubling narrative structure in which the story’s narrator begins to relate the story of his run-in with an “acquaintance” but fails to maintain a stable, subjective standpoint from which he can narrate sensibly. Despite his attempt to utilize a secondary narrative that makes him both a narrator and a narrated character, this first-person narrator’s failed subject perspective gives way to a myriad of other characters’ and their own attempts to solidify their individual existence via secondary narratives. Put in context of other similar, yet distinct, narrative structures employed by ...