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AbstractFranz Kafka’s “Der Bau” is, among others, a story about dwelling and real estate. This essay makes visible how Kafka’s late fragment considers aspects of law, narration, and metaphor in order to establish a (bourgeois) form of property. The character of this proprietary order is explored...
AbstractIn this article I contend that Paul Celan’s poem, “Todtnauberg,” written as a follow up to his visit to Martin Heidegger’s Berghütte, should be read not only as a challenge to Heideggerian philosophy’s fundamental assumptions – primarily the notion of dwelling in the world via poetic...
AbstractThe reconstruction of the creation of Paul Celan’s posthumous poem “In meinem zerschossenen Knie” enables an examination of the complex network of elements of his own biography – the traces of formative readings, his identity questions projected in his positions towards Judaism and...
AbstractThomas Mann’s novel Doktor Faustus, first published 1947, tells the story of a fictional German musician, Adrian Leverkühn, paralleled with the rise and fall of Germany in the first half of the 20th century. In fact, the idea of Doktor Faustus predated Mann’s exile, and it had been...
AbstractSince its publication in 1955, Vladimir Nabokov’s contentious novel Lolita has stirred heated controversies that originated from Nabokov’s treatment of a thorny subject matter. What makes his achievement so stupendous is that he penned a book about a forbidden desire and succeeded in...
AbstractThis article sets out to explore the conditions that paved the way for the unique success of the German translation of Zeruya Shalev’s second novel, Love Life (Hayei ahava, 1997), offering a specific example of the potential benefits that arise from cross-cultural translations. Upon its...
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