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Linnaeus University

1. Ferch, Kirsti. War Georg Bendemanns Vater dement? : Die Vaterfigur in Franz Kafkas ›Das Urteil‹ im medizinischen Diskurs.

Degree: Languages, 2019, Linnaeus University

In Franz Kafka's The Judgement many things remain unsaid. Most of all it is the unpredictable behaviour of the father figure which is difficult to understand. That has caused a large number of interpretations and the critical reception continues. At the beginning of the story, the fictional father appears weak and ill, evoking memories of disease. Therefore, the following essay explores whether the behaviour of the father figure corresponds to the symptoms of dementia. For this purpose, the diagnostic criteria for neurocognitive disorders according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders were compared to the text. The analysis shows that many passages in the text reflect symptoms of dementia. However, it also shows that other interpretations are possible, which is not surprising given the indeterminacy of Kafka's work. As has already been established in earlier investigations, the fictional father stands as a symbol for authority. Assuming the father has dementia means that this authority is incurably ill. Therefore, the fictional father would symbolize an almighty institution in decline whose authority cannot be questioned by the individual. This way of interpretation emphasizes the unjust distribution of power. The acting figures represent unequal relations of any kind, in which the inferior has to obey the obviously ill but overpowering authority.

Subjects/Keywords: Franz Kafka; The Judgement; dementia; literature and medicine; interpretation; Franz Kafka; Das Urteil; Demenz; Literatur und Medizin; Interpretation; General Literature Studies; Litteraturvetenskap; Specific Literatures; Litteraturstudier

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APA (6th Edition):

Ferch, K. (2019). War Georg Bendemanns Vater dement? : Die Vaterfigur in Franz Kafkas ›Das Urteil‹ im medizinischen Diskurs. (Thesis). Linnaeus University. Retrieved from http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-80182

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Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Ferch, Kirsti. “War Georg Bendemanns Vater dement? : Die Vaterfigur in Franz Kafkas ›Das Urteil‹ im medizinischen Diskurs.” 2019. Thesis, Linnaeus University. Accessed February 22, 2019. http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-80182.

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
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MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Ferch, Kirsti. “War Georg Bendemanns Vater dement? : Die Vaterfigur in Franz Kafkas ›Das Urteil‹ im medizinischen Diskurs.” 2019. Web. 22 Feb 2019.

Vancouver:

Ferch K. War Georg Bendemanns Vater dement? : Die Vaterfigur in Franz Kafkas ›Das Urteil‹ im medizinischen Diskurs. [Internet] [Thesis]. Linnaeus University; 2019. [cited 2019 Feb 22]. Available from: http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-80182.

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

Council of Science Editors:

Ferch K. War Georg Bendemanns Vater dement? : Die Vaterfigur in Franz Kafkas ›Das Urteil‹ im medizinischen Diskurs. [Thesis]. Linnaeus University; 2019. Available from: http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-80182

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

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