Jonas Del Pin Hamilton, Lisbeth Jensen, Nanna Landert & Vibe Appel Rosenberg

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This paper investigates experiences of modernity in the work of Jewish author Franz Kafka. We look for experiences of modernity in general as well as particular Jewish experiences, and we examine the relations between the two. The writings of Kafka are put to use as historic sources, given the view that they reflect ways in which the world was perceived at a given time. We focus on how the three aspects of modernity, Mo-bility, Urbanisation and Alienation, are depicted in the literature of Kafka. These de-pictions become the starting point for a further investigation of the three themes, in which we contextualise the experiences and ideas using other contemporary sources as well as academic literature. We conclude that a general experience of modernity is a new experience of being mobile, urban, alienated and national. The same applies for the Jews – except for the fact that none of these experiences are new to them. The re-lation between a general experience of modernity and a particular Jewish one can therefore be described as convergent, and, inspired by the historians Moshe Rosman and Yuri Slezkine, the general modern experience can also be describes as originally being Jewish. Modernity is, in other words, about everyone becoming Jewish

UddannelserHistorie, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato13 jun. 2013
VejledereJakob Egholm Feldt


  • mentalitet
  • franz
  • fremmedgørelse
  • mobilitet
  • kafka
  • moderne
  • urbanisering
  • jøde
  • jødisk
  • modernitet