Kafka's Creatures: Animals, Hybrids, and Other Fantastic by Marc Lucht, Donna Yarri, Andrea Baer, Esther K. Bauer,

By Marc Lucht, Donna Yarri, Andrea Baer, Esther K. Bauer, Melissa De Bruyker, Thomas H. Ford, Hadea Nell Kriesberg, Naama Harel, Eleanor Helms, Burkhard Müller, Margot Norris, Tahia Thaddeus Reynaga, Henry Sussman, Dean Swinford, Tom Tyler

Kafka's Creatures Animals, Hybrids, and different awesome Beings is an interdisciplinary number of essays on Franz Kafka's use of non-human creatures in his writings. it's written from a number of interpretive views and highlights assorted methods of realizing how Kafka's use of those creatures remove darkness from his paintings quite often.

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The dog’s oblivion to the human allows for a temporal explanation for his indeterminate membership in the canine community. Clearly, he had been part of a litter when young, but eventually became confined in a household where he still sees dogs from time to time, but no longer belongs to a pack, as it were. Yet the dog construes this state of affairs as a kind of hermitage, a scholarly vantage that lends itself to scientific rumination and research. Does the dog know he exists because he thinks about his existence?

17 It does indeed seem that Kafka is considering the life he has inherited from his parents, a life of insecurity, saved from slaughter by his “special” status as a professional. Aside from the psychological and societal themes, there is a third one here, that of the relationship between the human species and the animal. On a deeper level Kafka is subtly asking us to think about our ideas of animals as either sources of food or as coddled pets. Is he questioning our tradition that denies them a unique status with us as simply themselves?

The ape tells how he was shot, put in a cargo cage on shipboard, and tormented by brutish sailors. In desperation he learned to imitate their manners and eventually their speech, and thus was able 22╇╇╖╇ M argot N orris to go on to become a famous “artiste,” an exotic, a cabaret performer. Kafka glosses here turn-of-the-century fascination with exotic fauna and transitional species, “talking” and “thinking” animals and feral humans displayed in traveling circuses and menageries throughout Europe.

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