Delusions of agency: Kafka, imprisonment, and modern victimhood

Chris Fleming, John O'Carroll

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Abstract

This chapter explores levels of imprisonment in Kafka's The Trial. These levels include legal arrest, social containment, and humiliation, and linguistic entrapment. We then trace the modernist narrative dream-structure of the novel in order to tease out thematic issues of guilt and innocence. The trajectory of the novel offers an analysis of some key features of modern victimhood. It analyses the modern scapegoat, and does so in terms of victimage within institutional and bureaucratic contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFreedom and confinement in modernity
Subtitle of host publicationKafka's cages
EditorsA Kiarina Kordela, Dimitris Vardoulakis
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Chapter2
Pages29-48
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9780230118959
ISBN (Print)9780230113428
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Publication series

NameStudies in European culture and history

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