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Transitraum Varieté? Zu einem Treffen zwischen Franz Kafka und Josephine Baker in Köln

Herbert Uerlings
Published Online: 2016-12-24 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.14361/zig-2016-0209


A transit space may be defined as a ›liminal zone‹ (V. Turner): Social, sexual and cultural hierarchies may be reversed or temporarily dissolved, the continuity of traditions may become uncertain, and future outcomes once taken for granted may be questioned. The dissolution of an order in a liminal space creates a fluid, malleable situation that can allow for the establishment of new perspectives and conventions. In his Bericht für eine Akademie (1917), Franz Kafka casts a sceptical eye on the variety show as a liminal space. This might open new perspectives on Josephine Baker’s performances on stage and in life.

Keywords: Kafka; Franz (1883-1924); Bericht für eine Akademie; Baker; Josephine (1906-1975); transit space; liminality

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Published Online: 2016-12-24

Published in Print: 2016-07-01

Citation Information: Zeitschrift für interkulturelle Germanistik, Volume 7, Issue 2, Pages 103–116, ISSN (Online) 2198-0330, DOI: https://doi.org/10.14361/zig-2016-0209.

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