Class Conflict in Das Schloß

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Kafka is one of the most influential figures in twentieth-century literature; a wide international readership and the subject of a long and continuing critical debate. William Dodd concentrates on the two major novels, The Trial and The Castle, providing in-depth examination of these works. This collection of sixteen essays covers the full spectrum of modern perspectives, from humanism to feminist responses and cultural analysis that reflects both German and Anglo-Saxon approaches. The text contains a general introduction, including a bibliographical outline and an overview of the critical debate, contextualising the modern contributions. There is also a section concerned with the early responses to Kafka's work, many published for the first time in English, and a detailed glossary of critical terms.


This chapter was originally published as “Class Conflict in Das Schloß,” in Kafka: The “Metamorphosis,” The Trial, and The Castle, ed. and intro. William J. Dodd (London and New York: Longman, 1995), pp. 171-188.