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Why Tom McCarthy’s “Satin Island” isn’t Kafkaesque

Satin Island by Tom McCarthy is not Kafkaesque as the recent review by Dr. Macon Holt suggests. To illustrate why, the following essay will attempt two things: First, a brief look at what Kafkaesque actually means. The argument here is that Kafka’s literature centers on the (Lacanian) big Other and thus the dictionary definition of the Kafkaesque… Keep Reading

Ark Review/Book reviews

Review: “Satin Island” by Tom Mccarthy

Tom Mccarthy’s recent novel Satin Island (2015), is a Kafkaesque tale narrated by a corporate anthropologist named U who has been tasked to produce the Great Anthropological Report of our times. Instead, or perhaps because of his task, he becomes enamoured with the aesthetics of oil spills, the possibility of a serial killer of skydivers… Keep Reading

Ark Review/Essays

Proof that Kafka Read Lacan: Reading Kafka with Lacan

Previously on Reading Kafka with Lacan, we have dealt with how the ‘external’ law machine and ‘internal’ configurations of Kafka’s characters play out in Franz Kafka’s major works, The Castle (1926) and The Trial  (1925).1 In the following however, rather than attempt such a broad analysis of Kafka’s major themes, I will be focussing on his… Keep Reading

Ark Review/Musings

An introduction to Growth

Welcome to Growth Month here at the Ark Review. Taking inspiration from the theme devised by our friends at the KBH Læser festival, we have decided to devote some of the articles/reviews/musings this month to the festival’s theme of growth (Vækst). As KBH Læser state in their description of the theme, it is hard these… Keep Reading

Essays

Your Neighbor Will Kill You: Reading Kafka with Lacan

In my previous column on Kafka and Lacan we looked at the operation of the Law in Kafka’s novels. I argued that Kafka’s work demonstrates that the Law is situated in the Lacanian dimension of the Real. That is, Kafka’s Law is situated beyond the limit of any hermeneutic capability, and yet the Law as… Keep Reading

Ark Review/Essays

The Law Ex-ists: Reading Kafka with Lacan

A reading of Kafka’s Law as a non-existent existence. We begin, of course, with an excerpt from “Before the Law,” Kafka’s famous parable from his novel The Trial (1925): “Before the law stands a doorkeeper. To this doorkeeper there comes a man from the country and prays for admittance to the Law. But the doorkeeper says… Keep Reading

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