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In: KulturPoetik 2013, Heft 2

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Kai Sina

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Kafkas Nachlassbewusstsein. Über Autorschaft im Zeitalter des Literaturarchivs

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Abstract

In this paper I interpret Kafka’s controversial testamentary injunction to burn his manuscripts not only in relation to his biography but also to cultural history by examining both Kafka’s reception of Wilhelm Dilthey’s hermeneutics developed in Das Erlebnis und die Dichtung and Kafka’s thorough knowledge of contemporary practices of editing and preserving a ›Nachlass‹ (i.e. literary remains). On the basis of this examination, and further in comparison with Goethe, I try to read Kafka’s last will in relation to a guiding concept of modern authorship in the 19th and 20th centuries: the historization of self.