Kafka's Das Schloß: The Employee as a Symbol of Modern Existence

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The figure of the "Employee" or "Angestellte" often plays a central rolein modern literature as a creature of ambiguity, indeterminacy and paradox. In tracing the origins and development of this thematic pattern, "The Paradox of the Employee" delineates the parallels linking Kafka's "Castle" to the Habsburg civil servants' abortive struggle for a service charter, and explores Orwell's prefiguration of the themes of -1984- in his earlier treatments of the salaried middle class."


This book was originally published as The Paradox of the Employee: Variants of a Social Theme in Modern Literature. Germanic Studies in America. Bern: Peter Lang, 1980 (130 pages, revised dissertation). “Kafka’s Das Schloß: The Employee as a Symbol of Modern Existence,” pp. 81-114.