Kafka: Before the Law

Costa Lima, Luiz (2008) Kafka: Before the Law. Crossroads, 2 2: 94-110.

Author Costa Lima, Luiz
Title Kafka: Before the Law
Journal name Crossroads
ISSN 1839-8774
Publication date 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 2
Issue 2
Start page 94
End page 110
Total pages 17
Editor Matthew Lamb
Place of publication St Lucia, Qld., Australia
Publisher Crossroads
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The Limits of Voice (1996) examines the relationship between the consecration of the
individual in the wake of the collapse of the Christian order (as seen in Montaigne), the
pressure for a concept of Law, defined, in its primacy, as a principle of regulation (as seen
in Kant and Schlegel), and the rise of literature as an autonomous discursive mode.
The current excerpt comes from the final pages of the last chapter of that book. It is
significant because it shows, against the background of the control of the imaginary, the
emergence of the question of fictionality. ‘Kafka’s task,’ as described by Costa Lima, ‘is
the fictionalization of a world in which this order [the Law], based on the premise of the
consecration of the individual subject, turns out to be questionable.’ Here Costa Lima sets
up criticity as a possible response to the control of the imaginary.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
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Additional Notes Special Issue on Luiz Costa Lima

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Collection: School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
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