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Cliffs Notes on Kafka's The Metamorphosis & Other Stories 1st Edition
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Czermak's notes on the Life and Background do more than get into Kafka's biography, they set up the author's focus on "angst" and put "The Metamorphosis" in the context of his body of writing. In his Commentaries on Kafka's stories Czermak continues to cross-reference other works, which certainly suggests all sorts of comparison/contrast possibilities for class discussion. The Kafka stories examined here are: "The Judgment," "A Hunger Artist," "A Country Doctor," "In the Penal Colony," "The Hunter Gracchus," "The Burrow," "Investigations of a Dog," "A Report to an Academy," "The Great Wall of China," and "Josephine the Singer, or the Mouse Folk." After the Commentaries on the Stories, Czermak provides four short essays that cut these works, "Understanding Kafka," "Kafka's Jewish Influence," "Kafka--A 'Religious' Writer?" and "Kafka and Existentialism.Read more ›