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Kafka: Literature, Law, and Power
GRST 251
Spring 2012
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: COL 251

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 discipline is 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.

Essential Capabilities: Interpretation, Writing
Interpretation: Through careful analysis of literary tests, this course deals primarily with problems of interpretation and understanding.

Writing: By means of regular reading responses, students will practice and improve the written articulation of their literary interpretations.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA GRST
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(GRST-MN)(GRST)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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