Herrschaft und Sexualität in Franz Kafkas Romanen 'Der Proceß' und 'Das Schloß'

Herrschaft und Sexualität in Franz Kafkas Romanen ‚Der Proceߒ und ‚Das Schloߒ Die Arbeit behandelt das Verhältnis von Herrschaft und Sexualität. Kafka entwirft innerhalb der Kälte und Ausweglosigkeit seiner fiktionalen Welt ein psychisch realistisches Bild seiner Figuren. Die K.s, Josef K. im „...

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Main Author: Leich, Karin
Contributors: Glück, Alfons Prof. Dr. (Thesis advisor)
Format: Doctoral Thesis
Published: Philipps-Universität Marburg 2003
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"Sexuality and Domination in Franz Kafka's Novels The Trial and The Castle" The work is divided into four parts: introduction, exploration of the two novels with regard to the two main issues: sexuality and domination, and as a fourth part the conclusion. The work shows the women's figures in their relation to the main characters, the "K.s". Sexuality is interpreted in its dependency upon the bureaucratic form of domination. According to this external form Franz Kafka shows domination as an internal state of the consciousness. Against their striving for self-esteem and survival, the characters tend to remain in their own suppressing and violent relations and destinations. The consciousness as Kafka shows mirrors the external world, where there is neither freedom nor any authority that performs reconciliation. On the other side the internal world with its projections and limited views discovers itself as a prison as well. The internal limitation and the misinterpretation of the world is the inner reason for the failure of the K's. The women in Kafka's work show delusions and deformations, but although Kafka's world is nearly closed, they do have moments of resistance. These moments appear against the power of false rationality and adaptation. Kafka shows the reciprocal character of use in the relations of his characters, which does not lead to the intended social success, but hinders emotional and sensual satisfaction. The consciousness is occupied by domination, and this damages the options to find love and understanding. Kafka's point of view shows the world by the consciousness of his main characters. The reader is in the same restless and hopeless state as the K.s. The perspective nearly never opens up and shows an over - or an outer view of the story. Here Kafka differs from the auctorial perspective. A reader is forced to follow the errors and failures of Kafka's characters. The loss and failure that is experienced by the compulsive force of the content is dramatically broken by the pure and clear language Kafka introduces to the reader. The historical change from the period of enlightenment to the breakdown of the national states in Europe before and after World War I does not allow a description of the individual managing the challenges of a secure life. Yet, in the esthetical proceeding the reader is confronted with his own arrangements. And as Kafka avoids any view from outside or above, his writing is able to touch long lasting delusions. Kafka's works create a freedom that encourages the reader to review one’s modes of thinking.