Kafka's Blues: Figurations of Racial Blackness in the Construction of an Aesthetic by Mark Christian Thompson (Hardback, 2016)

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Indeed, this bookdemonstrates that cultural assimilation and bodily transformation in Kafka's work are impossible without passage through a state of being "Negro.". Kafka represents this passage in various ways-from reflections on New World slavery and black music toevolutionary theory, biblical allusion, and aesthetic primitivism-each grounded in a concept of writing that is linked to the perceived congenital musicality of the "Negro," and which is bound to his wider conception of aesthetic production.