Investigations of a Dog

How does a dog see the world? How do any of us? In this story of a canine philosopher, Kafka explores the limits of knowledge


Author: Franz Kafka

Publisher: Penguin Classics

ISBN: 0241339308


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If I think about it, and I have the time and inclination and capacity to do so, we dogs are an odd lot.' A philosopher dog wrestles with the canine condition.

Investigations of a Dog

It was published posthumously in Beim Bau der Chinesischen Mauer (Berlin, 1931). Told from the perspective of a dog, the story concerns the nature and limits of knowledge, by way of the dog's inquiries into the practices of his culture.


Author: Franz Kafka

Publisher: Paperless

ISBN: 9788829501625

Category: Fiction


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Investigations of a Dog (German: Forschungen eines Hundes) is a short story by Franz Kafka written in 1922. It was published posthumously in Beim Bau der Chinesischen Mauer (Berlin, 1931). Told from the perspective of a dog, the story concerns the nature and limits of knowledge, by way of the dog's inquiries into the practices of his culture. Investigations of a Dog was written in September and October 1922, soon after Kafka ended work on his unfinished novel The Castle. Similar to other Kafka stories such as A Report to an Academy, Josephine the Singer, and The Burrow, the protagonist is an animal.

Investigations of a Dog

A masterful new translation by Michael Hofmann of some of Kafka's most fantastical and visionary short fiction


Author: Franz Kafka

Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation

ISBN: 0811226891

Category: Fiction

Page: 244

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A masterful new translation by Michael Hofmann of some of Kafka's most fantastical and visionary short fiction

Investigations of a Dog

Its first initiative draws its title from a short story by Franz Kafka, and presents 40 artworks from the partner collections and five commissioned Kafka-inspired short stories.


Author: Foundation of Arts for a Contemporary Europe

Publisher: Jrp Ringier Kunstverlag Ag

ISBN: 3037641711

Category: Art

Page: 159

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FACE (Foundation of Arts for a Contemporary Europe) is a European interest group for the arts formed in 2008 and established by five private non-profit art foundations in five different countries: DESTE Foundation, Athens (Greece); Ellipse Foundation, Cascais (Portugal); Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (Italy); La Maison rouge – Fondation Antoine de Galbert, Paris (France); and Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall (Sweden). Its first initiative is Investigations of a Dog, an exhibition that draws its title from a short story by Franz Kafka (1922) and successively presents 40 artworks from the partner foundations' collections. To accompany the exhibition, each foundation commissioned an author to write a short story inspired by Kafka's story and the artworks of the exhibition. The stories are also available in their original language in five separate books as part of the Hapax series. Published with FACE to accompany the exhibition at Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, 17 February – 29 May, 2011 and DESTE Foundation, Athens, 22 June – 15 October, 2011. English text.

Franz Kafka

Learners of the language can use it to improve their reading skills, students of literature can read the original and have a translation at hand for reference, and people interested in translation can evaluate strategies and choices.The ...


Author: Philipp Strazny

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1541006496


Page: 80

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"Investigations of a Dog" (German: "Forschungen eines Hundes") is a short story by Franz Kafka (3 July 1883 - 3 June 1924) written in 1922. It was published posthumously in 1931. Kafka wanted his unfinished manuscripts to be destroyed by his friend Max Brod, who nonetheless published them after Kafka's death, including this one. In "Investigations of a Dog," a dog tells of his attempts to make sense of his life and condition in the most rational and scientific manner of which he is capable. The reader knows things that the dog in his limited understanding cannot grasp, which creates dramatic irony. With numerous self-contradictory statements by the dog and hilarious word choices (for example, mentioning scientific pursuits and basest body functions in one breath), the story presents a humorous and timelessly valid reflection on anthropocentrism and scientific hubris. And when you take your dog for a walk next time, you may be less impatient when it insists on lots of conscientious inspection in selecting the best place for watering the ground. In contrast to previous efforts, the present translation attempts to transport Kafka's poetically plain language into modern usage, avoiding Latinate terminology that would lend the text pretensions that the original simply does not have. This "translator edition" offers the original German text side by side with the new translation. Learners of the language can use it to improve their reading skills, students of literature can read the original and have a translation at hand for reference, and people interested in translation can evaluate strategies and choices. The foreword discusses the translation process and looks at challenges of literature translation in general as well as the translation of this story in particular.

A Franz Kafka Encyclopedia

94 “ Forschungen eines Hundes ” " Forschungen eines Hundes " ( " Investigations of a Dog " ) . Fragmentary short story , composed in September and October 1922 , shortly after Kafka broke off work on the late novel Das Schloß ( The ...


Author: Richard T. Gray

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313303754

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 344

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More than 800 alphabetically arranged entries detail the life and works of one of the most enduring authors of world literature.

Kafka s Creatures

Investigations of a Dog” and “The Burrow” In his “pure animal stories”—as Wilhelm Emrich calls “Investigations ofa Dog” and “The Burrow”—Kafka moves away from the figural hybrid (the salesman turned insect, or the ape turned man), ...


Author: Marc Lucht

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739143964

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 306

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Kafka's Creatures: Animals, Hybrids, and Other Fantastic Beings is an interdisciplinary collection of essays on Franz Kafka's use of non-human creatures in his writings. It is written from a variety of interpretive perspectives and highlights diverse ways of understanding how Kafka's use of these creatures illuminate his work in general.

Kafka and Cultural Zionism

Investigations of a Dog ” In the light of contemporary Zionism , “ Investigations of a Dog ” ( 1922 ) satirizes the “ dog's life ” many Jews led in the Diaspora , which has reached a dead end and is characterized as “ an endless ...


Author: Iris Bruce

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 0299221903

Category: History

Page: 262

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The Vanishing Subject

Investigations of a Dog " ( 1922 ) , “ A Hunger Artist ” ( 1922 ) , “ The Burrow " ( 1923–24 ) and “ Josephine ... The premise of the story is an amusing one : the notion that dogs are unable to see human beings and are thus forced to ...


Author: Judith Ryan

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226732266

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 267

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Is thinking personal? Or should we not rather say, "it thinks," just as we say, "it rains"? In the late nineteenth century a number of psychologies emerged that began to divorce consciousness from the notion of a personal self. They asked whether subject and object are truly distinct, whether consciousness is unified or composed of disparate elements, what grounds exist for regarding today's "self" as continuous with yesterday's. If the American pragmatist William James declared himself, on balance, in favor of a "real and verifiable personal identity which we feel," his Austrian counterpart, the empiricist Ernst Mach, propounded the view that "the self is unsalvageable." The Vanishing Subject is the first comprehensive study of the impact of these pre-Freudian debates on modernist literature. In lucid and engaging prose, Ryan traces a complex set of filiations between writers and thinkers over a sixty-year period and restores a lost element in the genesis and development of modernism. From writers who see the "self" as nothing more or less than a bundle of sensory impressions, Ryan moves to others who hesitate between empiricist and Freudian views of subjectivity and consciousness, and to those who wish to salvage the self from its apparent disintegration. Finally, she looks at a group of writers who abandon not only the dualisms of subject and object, but dualistic thinking altogether. Literary impressionism, stream-of-consciousness and point-of-view narration, and the question of epiphany in literature acquire a new aspect when seen in the context of the "psychologies without the self." Rilke's development of a position akin to phenomenology, Henry and Alice James's relation to their psychologist brother, Kafka's place in the modernist movements, Joyce's rewriting of Pater, Proust's engagement with contemporary thought, Woolf's presentation of consciousness, and Musil's projection of a utopian counter-reality are problems familiar to readers and critics: The Vanishing Subject radically revises the way we see them.

Preserving the Hunger

For this purpose it is necessary to take into consideration one of his last stories , “ Investigations of a Dog " ( The Great Wall of China ) . The story is of a dog who early in life began to examine la condition canine ...


Author: Isaac Rosenfeld

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 0814318800

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 463

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Isaac Rosenfeld, who died in 1956 at the age of thirty-eight, was a brilliant and original writer whose work has unfortunately become unavailable to anyone but the scholar. A gifted member of a gifted generation, his writings shine with the hard light of a burning and troubled intelligence. Though Rosenfeld was a man quintessentially of his era, grappling with issues and books that may no longer engage us, his writing remains fresh because of his commitment to striking deep and remaining open to experience, with all the risks entailed thereby. In the contemporary climate of academic thought, we are badly in need of teachers like Rosenfeld who read books no differently than they conduct their lives--with the belief that the world of the phrase can do more than make a point or strike a pose, but rather can, through intensity, poise, and grace, give meaning to life.

A Voice and Nothing More

Investigations of a Dog” (“For- schungen eines Hundes”),written in 1922 (two years before Kafka's death) and ... everybody,and is suddenly awakened from this life by an encounter with seven rather special music-producing dogs.


Author: Mladen Dolar

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262260602

Category: Philosophy

Page: 224

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A new, philosophically grounded theory of the voice—the voice as the lever of thought, as one of the paramount embodiments of the psychoanalytic object. Plutarch tells the story of a man who plucked a nightingale and finding but little to eat exclaimed: "You are just a voice and nothing more." Plucking the feathers of meaning that cover the voice, dismantling the body from which the voice seems to emanate, resisting the Sirens' song of fascination with the voice, concentrating on "the voice and nothing more": this is the difficult task that philosopher Mladen Dolar relentlessly pursues in this seminal work. The voice did not figure as a major philosophical topic until the 1960s, when Derrida and Lacan separately proposed it as a central theoretical concern. In A Voice and Nothing More Dolar goes beyond Derrida's idea of "phonocentrism" and revives and develops Lacan's claim that the voice is one of the paramount embodiments of the psychoanalytic object (objet a). Dolar proposes that, apart from the two commonly understood uses of the voice as a vehicle of meaning and as a source of aesthetic admiration, there is a third level of understanding: the voice as an object that can be seen as the lever of thought. He investigates the object voice on a number of different levels—the linguistics of the voice, the metaphysics of the voice, the ethics of the voice (with the voice of conscience), the paradoxical relation between the voice and the body, the politics of the voice—and he scrutinizes the uses of the voice in Freud and Kafka. With this foundational work, Dolar gives us a philosophically grounded theory of the voice as a Lacanian object-cause.

The Meaning of Yiddish

And in “ Investigations of a Dog , " which is but a veiled allegory on the Jewish condition , he brings questioning itself into the center of his investigation and into the center of Dogs ' existence .


Author: Benjamin Harshav

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 0804735751

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 205

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With a rare combination of erudition and insight, the author investigates the major aspects of Yiddish language and culture, showing where Yiddish came from and what it has to offer, even as it ceases to be a "living" language. Reviews "Harshav's book is a first-class study of Yiddish as both language and culture, rich with linguistic detail and historical insight, expert in its literary analysis and judgments. I recommend it enthusiastically." —Irving Howe, Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York "The Meaning of Yiddish is the most important contribution to the study of Yiddish language and literature in recent times." —Chana Kronfeld, University of California, Berkeley "The Meaning of Yiddish is explicitly intended for 'readers who bring to it no previous knowledge, only curiosity.' . . . 'My central question,' Harshav writes in the preface, 'is: Yiddish: what was it? What kind of world was it? How can we read the intersections of meaning its texts seem to provide? How did it lead in and out of Jewish history, moving between the internal Jewish world and the cultures of Christian Europe and America?' I know of no other single book in any language which could respond to these questions by conveying to the uninitiated . . . such a richly textured profile of the nature and dynamics of both the Yiddish language and its literature. It is a remarkable feat of high popularization, written with great flair and without a hint of pedantry, its examples always to the point and often memorable in themselves. . . . The book should be read by all who are interested in language, in literature, and in the modern Jewish experience." —Times Literary Supplement

Modern Jewish Mythologies

communal aspect of Jewish life, with a focus on audience; the canine world, comprised of creatures in a sort of ... “Investigations of a Dog” parodies many of the forms of divine encounter familiar to Jewish tradition: sudden, ...


Author: Glenda Abramson

Publisher: ISD LLC

ISBN: 9780878204748

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

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Based on the Mason Lectures delivered at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies in the winter of 1995, the ten essays in this volume demonstrate the function and dynamic effect Jewish mythologies in social, political, and psychological life. Eli Yassif's introduction illustrates the complex relationship between myth and ritual in modern Jewish culture. In a separate essay, he focuses on the ancient Jewish tale of the Golem, a myth that presents an exemplary test case for the exploration of cultural continuity. Using the testimonies of Jewish immigrants from eastern Europe to Britain and the battle on the plain of Latrun in the Israeli War of Independence, David Cesarani and Anita Shapira demonstrate that the process of creating myth is related in one way or another to attempts by specific social and ethnic groups to shape their collective memory. Along these lines, Milton Shain and Sally Frankental interrogate the view that during the apartheid period in South African history, South African Jewry operated on a higher moral plane than most other white South Africans. And while Nurith Gertz examines the male superhero that dominated the early national Zionist cinema and reflected the center of gravity in the Zionist myth, Dan Urian analyzes two Israeli plays produced in the 1990s that examine the myth of the biblical Sarah, rewritten from a feminist perspective. Other essays examine widely held cultural beliefs of contemporary Western Jewry. Jonathan Webber questions whether memory is an essentially Jewish value and remembrance a Jewish moral duty. Tudor Parfitt explores Western and Israeli perceptions of the Yemenite Jews, and Sylvie Anne Goldberg, in examining the evolving role of the chevrah kaddisha in Prague, discusses changes in perceptions of communal institutions and traditional and modern Jewish attitudes with regard to death. Finally, Matthew Olshan offers an analysis of Kafka's animal fables as parables for the Jewish response to tradition.

The Cambridge Introduction to Franz Kafka

society, and yet with their strange passions and fruitless investigations, they touch on the very core of human existence. 'Investigations of a Dog' Several of Kafl<a's late stories are told by animal narrators, but their premise is ...


Author: Carolin Duttlinger

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521760386

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 153

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Franz Kafka (1883-1924) is one of the most influential of modern authors, whose darkly fascinating novels and stories - where themes such as power, punishment and alienation loom large - have become emblematic of modern life. This Introduction offers a clear and accessible account of Kafka's life, work and literary influence and overturns many myths surrounding them. His texts are in fact far more engaging, diverse, light-hearted and ironic than is commonly suggested by clichés of 'the Kafkaesque'. And, once explored in detail, they are less difficult and impenetrable than is often assumed. Through close analysis of their style, imagery and narrative perspective, Carolin Duttlinger aims to give readers the confidence to (re-)discover Kafka's works without constant recourse to the mantras of critical orthodoxy. In addition, she situates Kafka's texts within their wider cultural, historical and political contexts illustrating how they respond to the concerns of their age, and of our own.

Speaking for Animals

(Fudge 2002, 76–77) In this chapter I would like to examine Franz Kafka's “Investigations of a Dog,” which is a first-person narrative, narrated by its canine protagonist. Reflecting upon the distinctive role of the nonhuman narrator, ...


Author: Margo DeMello

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780415808996

Category: Social Science

Page: 274

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For thousands of years, in the myths and folktales of people around the world, animals have spoken in human tongues. Western and non-Western literary and folkloric traditions are filled with both speaking animals, some of whom even narrate or write their own autobiographies. Animals speak, famously, in children’s stories and in cartoons and films, and today, social networking sites and blogs are both sites in which animals—primarily pets—write about their daily lives and interests. Speaking for Animalsis a compilation of chapters written from a variety of disciplines that attempts to get a handle on this cross cultural and longstanding tradition of animal speaking and writing. It looks at speaking animals in literature, religious texts, poetry, social networking sites, comic books, and in animal welfare materials and even library catalogs, and addresses not just the "whys" of speaking animals, but the implications, for the animals and for ourselves.

The Mystical Life of Franz Kafka

Kafka's dogs do not point to a retrogressive theory of reincarnation, where being reborn as an animal is ... However, Kafka's “Investigation of a Dog” presents, as we will see, a contradictory theory: slaughter of animals is a sin.


Author: June O. Leavitt

Publisher: OUP USA

ISBN: 9780199827831

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 212

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June O. Leavitt offers a fascinating examination of the mystical in Franz Kafka's life and writings, showing that Kafka's understanding of the occult was not only a product of his own clairvoyant experiences but of the age in which he lived.

The Difficulty of Being a Dog

In his complex and enigmatic " Investigations of a Dog , " Kafka gives voice to an animal that meditates on music , on the earth and its nourishment , on the impossibility of achieving communal life , on liberty , even on theology and ...


Author: Roger Grenier

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226308278

Category: Fiction

Page: 130

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In fifty well-crafted vignettes, the author searches the sweep of human history for great dog stories, from tales of great Ulysses and his dog, Argos, to FDR's Scottish terrier.

Tiere im Film

6 Of the musical dogs in Kafka's » Investigations of a Dog « specifically , Deleuze and Guattari say : » In the ... of a collective enunciation of the canine species , even if this collectivity is no longer or not yet given .


Author: Maren Möhring

Publisher: Böhlau Verlag Köln Weimar

ISBN: 3412203416

Category: Animal films

Page: 292

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Die Abgrenzung zum Tier stellt einen grundlegenden Aspekt menschlicher Selbstdefinition dar. In diesem Band beschaftigen sich Medien- und GeschichtswissenschaftlerInnen mit der Geschichte der Beziehungen zwischen Tieren und Menschen anhand von Filmquellen. Untersucht werden Tierdokumentationen, Zeichentrickfilme und Spielfilme wie Tarzan, aber auch TV-Serien, in denen Tiere eine zentrale Rolle spielen. Zeitlich reicht die Spanne von den Anfangen des Kinos bis in die Gegenwart, raumlich wird ein breites Spektrum mit Filmen vor allem aus Europa und den USA abgedeckt.

Canonization and Alterity

Meanwhile, the dogs who “water the earth” believe their urination and - territory-marking, like quasi-Zionists, ... At its more general level, “Investigations of a Dog” exposes and rejects the nationalism of canonical writing, ...


Author: Gilad Sharvit

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110668179

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 305

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This volume offers an examination of varied forms of expressions of heresy in Jewish history, thought and literature. Contributions explore the formative role of the figure of the heretic and of heretic thought in the development of the Jewish traditions from antiquity to the 20th century. Chapters explore the role of heresy in the Hellenic period and Rabbinic literature; the significance of heresy to Kabbalah, and the critical and often formative importance the challenge of heresy plays for modern thinkers such as Spinoza, Freud, Kafka, and Derrida, and literary figures such as Kafka, Tchernikhovsky, and I.B. Singer. Examining heresy as a boundary issue constitutive for the formation of Jewish tradition, this book contributes to a better understanding of the significance of the figure of the heretic for tradition more generally.