Kafka's strategic use of failure
I would like to suggest that Kafka's strategic use of failure as a response to the traditional tasks of the parable is intertwined with a critique of the often opposite tendencies of modern aesthetics: the autonomy of the work of art and nostalgia for linguistic community.
Failure seems to enhance the autonomy of the work, or its singularity, anyway. These parables seem to me to be at the very center of "modern aesthetics," not its opposite. [Kafka's strategic use of failure]...