Kafka: Literature, Law, and Power|
Fall 2020 not offered
Elias Canetti claimed that among all writers, Kafka was "the greatest expert on power." In this course we will focus on Kafka's narratives of power relations. We will read and discuss Kafka's sometimes painfully precise descriptions of how power is exerted in the family and in personal relationships and how scrutiny and discipline are exercised over the body. We will also consider Kafka's depictions of physical violence and of apparatuses and institutions of power and the ethical and political implications of these depictions. The working hypothesis of this course is that Kafka not only tells stories about power, but that his stories also contain an implicit theory of how power works in modern society.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(GRST-MN)(GRST)
Franz Kafka, KAFKA'S SELECTED STORIES, ed. Stanley Corngold (W. W. Norton) ISBN 0393924793
Franz Kafka, THE TRIAL, trans. Breon Mitchell (Schocken) ISBN 0805209999
Franz Kafka, AMERIKA: THE MISSING PERSON, trans. Mark Harman (Schocken), ISBN 0805211616
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Six short essays with rewrites
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
THIS SECTION IS A FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR (FYS) CLASS.
By means of regular essay writing assignments and required revisions of each essay, students will systematically practice and improve the written articulation of their literary interpretations.
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