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Kafka: Toward a Minor Literature
by Gilles Deleuze
contributions by Felix Guattari
University of Minnesota Press, 1986
Paper: 978-0-8166-1515-5
Library of Congress Classification PT2621.A26Z67513 1986
Dewey Decimal Classification 833.912

In this classic of critical thought, Deleuze and Guattari challenge conventional interpretations of Kafka’s work. Instead of exploring preexisting categories or literary genres, they propose a concept of “minor literature”—the use of a major language that subverts it from within. Writing as a Jew in Prague, they contend, Kafka made German “take flight on a line of escape” and joyfully became a stranger within it. His work therefore serves as a model for understanding all critical language that must operate within the confines of the dominant language and culture.

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