German 462

Seminar: Franz Kafka

Full course for one semester. This course offers an in-depth analysis of the work of Franz Kafka and an introduction to different schools of literary criticism.  We will explore the perplexing nature of Kafka’s texts, analyze his use of ambiguity, paradox, dream, and fantasy, and view his work in its social, political, and religious contexts.  We will also consider different critical approaches to his work, including theological, philosophical, psychoanalytic, deconstructive, and new historical perspectives.  Primary readings are from Kafka’s diaries, letters, short fiction, and novels (Der Prozess, Das Schloss).  Readings in German, discussion and papers in German and English.  Prerequisite:  German 311 or consent of the instructor.

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