The eNotated In the Penal Colony

The eNotated In the Penal Colony

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Though most eBooks are simple conversions of paper books, "The eNotated In the Penal Colony" is a completely new approach that takes advantage of eBook technology by providing eNotations (electronic annotations), essays, and background information conveniently accessible through links and a comprehensive table of contents. Written by Kafka and Goethe scholar and Wellesley College German professor, Jens Kruse, this background biographical, historical, and interpretive information makes Kafka's simple-to-read but difficult-to-understand and extremely disturbing European literature classic more accessible and the reading experience more satisfying.

Based on the Ian Johnston translation, with additional material translated by Dr. Kruse and others, and including 23 images, this eNotated edition extends Kafka's writing by providing a new layer of information behind the text, which the reader can access before, during, and after the reading of "In the Penal Colony."

For instance, in the eNotations, Dr. Kruse, by highlighting the relevant words in the texts, provides links to eNotations that explain the function of the parts of the apparatus at the center of this story, elucidate the conflicting conceptions of law and justice at work in the story, their connection to the jurisprudence of the time, and to the larger historical context. These notes, together with the other elements of this edition, enable and enrich the reader's understanding of this story.

"In the Penal Colony" is one of the most important European literary works of the early 20th century - compelling and disturbing, seemingly otherworldly and yet saturated with its historical context. Dr. Kruse provides a framework that, while not solving the puzzle Kafka left us, makes it much clearer and richer.

Jens Kruse, born in Hamburg and educated in Germany and the United States has been studying and teaching Kafka for three decades and in this eNotated version of "In the Penal Colony" shares with the reader what he has learned during that process - by adding extensive eNotations, an introduction, a bibliography, a chronology, and topical essays on the Apparatus, Art, Gesture, History, Justice, Power, Reality and other themes that run through Kafka's "painful story."

If you are going to read Kafka for the first time - or reread him after some years - you will best enjoy and more effectively appreciate him with this unique eNotated edition. If you have not already done so you might also want to try Dr. Kruse's edition of "The eNotated Metamorphosis."

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013384835
Publisher: eNotated Classics
Publication date: 09/17/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 410,439
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Jens Kruse was born in Hamburg, Germany. He was educated there and in the United States. He received the M.A. degree in Comparative Literature from Indiana University in Bloomington in 1971, and took the Staatsexamen at the University of Hamburg in 1974. He received the Ph.D. degree in Comparative Literature from the University of California in Los Angeles in 1982.

Mr. Kruse joined the Wellesley College faculty in 1983. He teaches both German language and literature on all levels of the curriculum and has served repeatedly as chair of the German Department and Coordinator of Foreign Language Chairs. He served Associate Dean of the College from 1992 until 1999.

His particular teaching interests are late 18th and early 19th century literature, especially the works of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and 20th century literature, especially the works of Franz Kafka and Martin Walser. He has also taught comparative literature courses, such as Classic Western Texts in Contemporary Perspective and Imaginary Crimes and Courts: the Law in Literature

He is the author of the book "Der Tanz der Zeichen: Poetische Struktur und Geschichte in Goethe's Faust II" and of articles on Goethe, Goethe reception, Franz Kafka, and Martin Walser. In his most recent book, "Tortured Enlightenment: Writing and Reading in Kafka's 'In the Penal Colony,'" written mostly for the general reader in the form of letters to his family, Mr. Kruse examines this horrifying novella of the year 1914 for instructions on how best to read Kafka.

Date of Birth:

July 3, 1883

Date of Death:

June 3, 1924

Place of Birth:

Prague, Austria-Hungary

Place of Death:

Vienna, Austria


German elementary and secondary schools. Graduated from German Charles-Ferdinand University of Prague.

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