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Aberrations of Mourning$
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Laurence A. Rickels

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816675951

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816675951.001.0001

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Warm Brothers

Warm Brothers

Franz Kafka

(p.243) Chapter Seven Warm Brothers
Aberrations of Mourning

Laurence A. Rickels

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines Franz Kafka’s antimetaphorical conception of allusion. It argues that Kafka’s antimetaphorical conception of allusion harbors a “defective force” which signifies by undoing “analogy as soon as it has posited it.”. Stanley Corngold concludes that allusion—the metamorphosis of metaphor—ultimately and always creates monsters. Kafka records in his diary two radically separate entries which nevertheless span the introjective and projective reach of Kafka’s anti-metaphorical rapport with writing. At one end, Kafka includes a report of premature burial: “Two children, alone at home, climbed into a large trunk, the lid shut tight, they couldn’t open it and suffocated.”

Keywords:   Franz Kafka, antimetaphorical conception, allusion, Stanley Corngold, metamorphosis, metaphor, writing

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