The Grotesque and Sublime in 'The Metamorphosis': Revising Kafka through Bloom's 'Map of Misreading'
"We must try to get rid of it," says Grete Samsa, of her brother the insect. Through Gregor's horror, Grete has become active, and she comes to represent the new future-orientation of her parents once the Gregor-insect has dried out and died. Bloom's "Map of Misreading" brings us into a close reading of Kafka's grotesque fable, helping us to see Kafka's precise use of literary figures to undermine his superficial suggestion of a romantic conclusion to the Samsa's crisis: as if the promise of her "young body" can redeem Gregor's disappearance into a no-time beyond language and human community.
Keywords: Kafka, Harold Bloom, Grotesque, Sublime, Alienation
Dr. Susan Marie Dodd
Senior Fellow, Foundation Year Programme, University of King’s College