Along his short life, Kafka wrote three novels, several tales and two dozens of masterful stories. He also kept a diary and extensive correspondence, whose value has been becoming more and more acknowledged. Once we briefly describe his literary milestones in order to offer a significant introduction to the author's work, we will address the following issues:
-Realism and symbolism in the Kafkaesque narration. A short study of Kafka's specific literary method.
-Main traits of the Kafkaesque work. The myth of Kafka.
-The interpretation of Kafka's work. Main trends. Interpretation problems.
-Interaction between the narrative and autobiographic works.
-The importance and posterior influence of Kafka's work: Its centrality within contemporary literature.
-The Kafkaesque bestiary