The Castle: The Panoptical Surveillance
International Journal of Literature and Arts
Volume 1, Issue 3, November 2013, Pages: 55-58
Received: Nov. 30, 2013; Published: Dec. 30, 2013
Views 2946      Downloads 201
Authors
Afrouz Yari, M.A. English Literature, Islamic Azad University, Boroujerd Branch, Iran
Shahram Afrougheh, Assistant Professor of English Literature Islamic Azad University, Boroujerd Branch, Iran
Article Tools
PDF
Follow on us
Abstract
This article aims to explore the issue of Franz Kafka’s The Castle (1922) throughout the idea of Foucauldian Panopticon, which portrays a world seemingly controlled by whimsical leaders and absurd rules. This implication is a poached through the figure of the power. It is believed that Franz Kafka’s novel is viewed as an original reflection on the use and abuse of power and loss of personal rights. Franz Kafka’s novel suggests different looking toward power both panoptical system as a tyrant and also the Foucauldian one. The article notes that the idea of power, punishment, surveillance and panopticon presented in the novel reinforces the tyrant’s sovereign power.
Keywords
Power, Panopticon, Punishment, Sovereign Power, Surveillance
To cite this article
Afrouz Yari, Shahram Afrougheh, The Castle: The Panoptical Surveillance, International Journal of Literature and Arts. Vol. 1, No. 3, 2013, pp. 55-58. doi: 10.11648/j.ijla.20130103.16
References
[1]
Bentham, Jeremy. "Panopticon; or the Inspection House." New York: Verso, 1995.
[2]
Foucault, Michel. Discipline and Punishment: The Birth of the Prison. London: Penguin, 1975.
[3]
Foucault, Michel. Power/Knowledge, Selected Interviews & Other Writings. Ed. Colin Gordon, New York, the Harvester Press, 1977.
[4]
Reiman, Jeffrey H. "Driving to the Panopticon: A Philosophical Exploration of the Risks to Privacy Posed by the Highway Technology of the Future." Dartmouth: Ashgate, 2001.
[5]
Bozovic, Miran. Ed. Introduction. "An Utterly Dark Spot." New York: Verso, 1995.
[6]
Kafka, Franz. The Castle. Trans. Mark Harman. New York: Schoken, 1998.
[7]
Pease-Watkin, Catherine. "Bentham’s Panopticon and Dumont’s Panoptique." London: Bentham, 2006.
ADDRESS
Science Publishing Group
1 Rockefeller Plaza,
10th and 11th Floors,
New York, NY 10020
U.S.A.
Tel: (001)347-983-5186