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.
|Title of host publication||Freedom and confinement in modernity|
|Subtitle of host publication||Kafka's cages|
|Editors||A Kiarina Kordela, Dimitris Vardoulakis|
|Place of Publication||New York|
|Number of pages||20|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|
|Name||Studies in European culture and history |