The process of inferential contexts: Franz Kafka reading Heinrich von Kleist

Mehigan, Tim (2013). The process of inferential contexts: Franz Kafka reading Heinrich von Kleist. In Jeffrey L. High and Sophia Clark (Ed.), Heinrich von Kleist: artistic and political legacies (pp. 69-85) Amsterdam, Netherlands: Rodopi.

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Author Mehigan, Tim
Title of chapter The process of inferential contexts: Franz Kafka reading Heinrich von Kleist
Title of book Heinrich von Kleist: artistic and political legacies
Place of Publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Rodopi
Publication Year 2013
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
Series Internationale Forschungen zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft
ISBN 9789042037816
9789401210300
ISSN 0929-6999
Editor Jeffrey L. High
Sophia Clark
Volume number 170
Chapter number 5
Start page 69
End page 85
Total pages 17
Total chapters 15
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Kleist's works, particularly his stories, initiate open processes of enquiry about the world in response to the breakdown of received inferential contexts. This breakdown was a consequence of an intellectual crisis Kleist experienced after encountering the philosophy of Immanuel Kant. This intellectual crisis Kleist experienced in 1801, in turn, provides a clue to his importance for Franz Kafka, whose breakthrough as a writer can be linked to his intense interest in Kleist, beginning around Kleist centenary in 1911. Kafka's own oeuvre is notable for its radicalization of the consequences resulting from the breakdown of received inferential contexts. Kafka dramatizes the dimension of loss attaching to Kleist's Kant crisis, without compensating for this loss in ways that can occasionally be found in Kleist's multi-layered response to Kant's philosophy. The failure to temper the loss of received inferential contexts by developed workable replacement contexts can be seen as one of the main results arising from Kafka's reading of Kleist.
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