From Odysseus to Rotpeter: Adorno and Kafka, mimicry and happiness

Haynes, Doug (2015) From Odysseus to Rotpeter: Adorno and Kafka, mimicry and happiness. In: Taylor, Julie (ed.) Modernism and affect. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh. ISBN 9780748693252

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Abstract

This essay considers Adorno and Horkheimer's ideas of happiness from Dialectic of Enlightenment and Adorno's writing on Kafka to consider Kafka's own short story A Report to an Academy. I formulate a notion of mimicry that breaks away from Nietzschean or even Benjaminian ideas - for Kafka, mimicry is an uncanny mirror that can be critical, that gives back more than one bargained for.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: critical theory. Adorno. Kafka. Mimicry. Affect.
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Subjects: P Language and Literature
Depositing User: Douglas Haynes
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2015 07:46
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2015 07:46
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/54600
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