Metacritic Journal


for Comparative Studies and Theory

animal studies
ISSN 2457 – 8827
Peter  Arnds Peter Arnds

LOST IN TRANSLATION: ON KAFKA’S LANGUAGE OF ABJECTION IN DIE VERWANDLUNG


Based on critical theory such as Giorgio Agamben‟s homo sacer and Heidegger‟s thoughts on dwelling and lethe, this article follows the biopolitical movement of destruction in Franz Kafka‟s Die Verwandlung (Metamorphosis) to reveal some of the challenges this contextualization poses to its English translation. Stanley Corngold‟s translation serves as an example for the intricacies that pertain specifically to Kafka‟s language of abjection, words such as the famous Ungeziefer of the first sentence. These...   ⇨ Read more
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