Two versions of death: The transformation of the literary corpse in Kafka and Stevenson Danta, English en_US 2021-11-25T13:51:19Z 2021-11-25T13:51:19Z 2006 en_US
dc.description.abstract This essay makes the claim for Robert Louis Stevenson being a precursor of Franz Kafka in order to offer a new reading of Stevenson`s 1886 `shilling shocker`, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Drawing on a well known letter Kafka wrote to Max Brod in 1922 about the writer`s relation to his own death and an important entry from Stevenson`s notebooks on the same subject, it argues that Jekyll`s transformation into Hyde represents not the splitting of his (moral) personality but rather the paradoxical appearance of his death. In presenting death as a paradoxical form of transformation, Jekyll and Hyde can be read as the allegorical foreshadowing of Stevenson`s own death by stroke on Samoa in 1894. When read in conjunction with Kafka`s Metamorphosis, it also demands that we reconsider the theoretically vexing relation of literature to the body. en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 en_US
dc.rights.uri en_US
dc.source Legacy MARC en_US
dc.subject.other Stevenson en_US
dc.subject.other Kafka en_US
dc.subject.other Nabokov en_US
dc.subject.other Blanchot en_US
dc.subject.other Ranciere en_US
dc.subject.other Jekyll and Hyde en_US
dc.subject.other Metamorphosis en_US
dc.subject.other corpse en_US
dc.subject.other death en_US
dc.subject.other literature en_US
dc.subject.other the body en_US
dc.title Two versions of death: The transformation of the literary corpse in Kafka and Stevenson en_US
dc.type Journal Article en
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unsw.relation.faculty Arts Design & Architecture
unsw.relation.ispartofissue 2 en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofjournal Textual Practice en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofpagefrompageto 281-300 en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofvolume 20 en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Danta, English, Media, & Performing Arts, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, UNSW en_US School of the Arts & Media *
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