this substitution of effect for cause

Kafka's [leopard] parable functions by, or articulates, precisely this substitution of effect for cause: the ineluctable intrustion of the leopards into the temple is incorporated into the ritual as if by design. We might read this parable, I think, as Kafka's subtle commentary on the destiny of his own writing (or what would have been his own writing) in relation to future catastrophe. The Holocaust, like the leopard, gets super-added or intruded into his writing byt aht writing comeds to be seen as prefiguring precisely this intrusion, it is sutured into its structure, in a fusion of topos and text.

[Samolsky 183]






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