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The “Ende” of Kafka’s Der Proceß in the Light of Bachofen’s Mutterrecht and Gräbersymbolik

Larry Vaughan


Pages 353 - 356



Bachofen’s twin studies Das Mutterrecht and Versuch über die Gräbersymbolik der Alten apparently exerted a not insignificant influence upon Kafka’s novel Der Proceß, in particular upon the “Ende” which, along with chapter one, served as an initially constructive bookend. Moreover, in tracing the moments and movement of Bachofen’s research in Kafka’s final chapter, the following examination suggests conceptual connections rather than proposing definitive judgments.

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