The Family Doctor as Helpless Savior in Franz Kafka’s Story “The Country Doctor”*

DOI: 10.3238/zfa.2017.0510–0515

german translation / full article

Henriette Herwig

Keywords: Franz Kafka literary image of the doctor diagnostics doctor-patient communication symbolism of the wound

Summary: The present article analyzes the literary image of the doctor, the form of patient-doctor communication and the symbolism of the wound depicted in Franz Kafka’s story The Country Doctor (composed in 1917). Based on the analysis of the paradoxical structure of the story, its metaphors, and the genealogy of the text, readings from biographical, psychoanalytical and poetological perspectives will be discussed.

(State: 15.12.2017)

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