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dc.contributor.authorKnowlton, Thomas
dc.description.abstractThis paper explores two of Michel de Certeau’s key concepts, "the scriptural economy" and the "celibate machines" (or "bachelor machines") that seek to subvert this system. De Certeau frequently cites Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe as the quintessential work of the scriptural economy and it is my contention that Franz Kafka’s The Castle can be viewed as an example par excellence of a celibate machine. I compare these two works by examining the different ways in which they approach the three aspects of writing, defined by de Certeau as: the blank page, the text, and the goal of social efficacy. Ultimately, Kafka’s novel successfully undermines the hegemonic, masculine authority of scriptural practice that one finds in Defoe’s text, but in doing so, traps its characters in its circular, celibate process.
dc.subjectscriptural economy
dc.subjectcelibate machine
dc.subjectbachelor machine
dc.subjectRobinson Crusoe
dc.subjectThe Castle
dc.subjectMichel de Certeau
dc.subjectDaniel Defoe
dc.subjectFranz Kafka
dc.titleDefoe's Robinson Crusoe and Kafka's The castle
dc.title.alternativetwo approaches to literature under the scriptural economy
dc.description.departmentComparative Literature
dc.description.majorComparative Literature
dc.description.advisorDorothy Figueira
dc.description.committeeDorothy Figueira
dc.description.committeeMihai Spariosu
dc.description.committeeRonald Bogue

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