A Hunger Artist
A Hunger Artist Themes
Little Words, Big Ideas
Kafka's "A Hunger Artist" explores the intense isolation experienced by the exceptional individual. The title character is fanatically devoted to his art, the unusual art of starvation. Even at the...
Art and Culture
Can you call an act a performance if no one recognizes it as a performance? That is the fundamental predicament of Kafka's hunger artist. Can starvation even count as an art form? We're not sure, b...
Life, Consciousness and Existence
Like so many of Kafka's stories, "A Hunger Artist" manages to squeeze big philosophical questions concerning human nature and the meaning of existence into a relatively compact (and super weird) st...
In Kafka's "A Hunger Artist," the most obvious form of suffering for the artist seems to come from the physical demands of his art. The story stresses his deteriorating body as he starves for a per...
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