Kafka and Noise
Kafka and Noise
Kafka and Noise offers a method for pursuing intermedial research in the humanities—namely, via the productive "misapplication" of theoretical tools, which exposes the contours, conditions, and expressive possibilities of the media in question. This book will be of interest to scholars of modernism, literature, cinema, and sound, as well as to anyone wishing to explore how artistic and technological media shape our experience of the world and the possibilities for representing it.
“For any reader captivated by the curious persistence of strange sounds in Kafka’s work, the consequences of Gellen’s work simply for understanding Kafka’s are exciting in themselves.” —Los Angeles Review of Books
"[Gellen's] study makes a significant contribution to the ways in which film studies may provide critical concepts that supplement literary criticism and sound studies" —Monatshefte
“Kafka and Noise is an ambitious and exciting addition to the interdisciplinary field of sound studies. Gellen demonstrates exemplary and enlightening close readings of Kafka’s stories in relation to his fascination with sounds—no small feat, considering the vast amount of scholarship on Kafka.” —Stefanie Harris, author of Mediating Modernity: German Literature and the “New” Media, 1895-1930
"Given its interdisciplinary character, Kafka and Noise will be of interest to Kafka scholars, modernists, literary critics, film scholars, and those working in sound studies and animal studies. This book is sure to stimulate cross-disciplinary dialogue and inspire a reconsideration of the disruptive, unsettling noises in the diegetic worlds of Kafka's stories." —Holly Yanacek, German Studies Review