Życie u stóp góry zamkowej. Życie, prawda i narracja w Waltera Benjamina pismach o Kafce
A life at the foot of a castle mountain. The life, truth and narration in Water Benjamin’s writings on Franz Kafka
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Walter Benjamin; Franz Kafka; Theology; Narration; Gnosticism.
Summary/Abstract: Subject to analysis is the theological vision ascribed by Walter Benjamin to Franz Kafka, in particular, Benjamin’s concept of a ‘life at the foot of a castle mountain’ and the messianic potential inscribed in such a life. To this end, I discuss a number of categories, such as narration, parable, gesture, as well as distortion, recurrence and a ‘life turned into the Scripture’. I identify the Benjamin/Kafka theology as an extreme case of Gnosticism without a gnosis; my argument is that in his interpretation of Kafka, Benjamin played or trifled with the idea of salvation though a narrative.
- Issue Year: 2007
- Issue No: 5
- Page Range: 202-213
- Page Count: 12
- Language: Polish