Universitarea “Babeş-Bolyai” din Cluj-Napoca, Facultatea de Litere
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3 / 2017
The Policy of expectation and the messianic function in “The Castle”
Kafka carved expectancy and postponement at a performative level. Kafka’s postponement and suspension are devices used in the sphere of political action; “pure means” that expose a threshold, a crack, the path of gestures. They convey a message by exposing where only dialogue is present, as a secondary fact, to a deeper reality; that of the “anomos” the messianic condition of the “land measurer” nor inside nor outside the law, on the outskirts of the castle, but still, inside the village belonging to the castle; that of the crisis concerning the borders and boundaries of the Castle and how they operate. Kafka’s time exposes the problem of messianic urgency and lateness. In this case, expectation is not only a field of stakes or a timeframe, but directly exposes the engine that feeds it: the messianic function of urgency. The administrative apparatus of the castle fastens around he, who has put in danger the borders, history and the territory, thus emerging the “land measurer’s” desire for personal justice. The fact that his justice cannot wait means, once again, that the pressing urgency is a real matter in discussion. A cease when waiting for the righteousness which was refused to K. means to participate in the continuity of criminal history and camouflaging.
Key words: waiting, emergency threshold, lateness, the messianic condition, the Anoma, desecration
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