608213 PS Modern German Literature: Reading Kafka

winter semester 2021/2022 | Last update: 02.05.2022 Place course on memo list
608213
PS Modern German Literature: Reading Kafka
PS 2
2,5
weekly
annually
German

Methodical approaches and diverging interpretations of novellas by Franz Kafka.

Kafka's enigmatic texts fascinate and unsettle the reader in equal measure. They invite us to solve their ‚riddle‘ while at the same time denying the ultimate explanation. Countless interpretations show how diverse, even contradictory, the explanations can be. The course aims to show how various literary theories benefit a nuanced understanding of his texts. We will focus on Kafka's narrative technique. We will demonstrate how his texts reflect historic discourses and contemporary debates and anticipate future developments. In doing so we will examine how and to what end his narrative strategies submit the knowledge of his times to distancing and encoding. We will pay special attention to Kafka's texts about animals, which we will put in perspective of the recent Human-Animal-Studies, considering them in light of their contemporary context of evolution theory, biology, and zoology, as well as in light of experiments with animals and zoophonography. By reading animals as animals (and not as mere metaphors or allegories) we can recognize the close interrelation between the literary representation and the system of cultural knowledge around 1900.

Presentations, reading and discussion of selected texts

 

Presence, participation, short presentations, term paper (ca. 10–15 pages)

 

Das Urteil

In der Strafkolonie

Die Verwandlung

Ein Bericht für eine Akademie

Josefine, die Sängerin oder Das Volk der Mäuse

Kurze Erzählungen aus dem Nachlass

 

Secondary Literature:

Oliver Jahraus und Stefan Neuhaus (ed.): Kafkas „Urteil“ und die Literaturtheorie. Zehn Modellanalysen. Stuttgart 2002.

Cf. Curriculum

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Group 0
Date Time Location
Thu 2021-10-07
12.00 - 13.30 40935 SR 40935 SR Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Thu 2021-10-14
12.00 - 13.30 40935 SR 40935 SR Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Thu 2021-10-21
12.00 - 13.30 40935 SR 40935 SR Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Thu 2021-10-28
12.00 - 13.30 40935 SR 40935 SR Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Thu 2021-11-04
12.00 - 13.30 40935 SR 40935 SR Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Thu 2021-11-11
12.00 - 13.30 40935 SR 40935 SR Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Thu 2021-11-18
12.00 - 13.30 40935 SR 40935 SR Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Thu 2021-11-25
12.00 - 13.30 40935 SR 40935 SR Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Thu 2021-12-02
12.00 - 13.30 40935 SR 40935 SR Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Thu 2021-12-09
12.00 - 13.30 40935 SR 40935 SR Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Thu 2021-12-16
12.00 - 13.30 40935 SR 40935 SR Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Thu 2022-01-13
12.00 - 13.30 40935 SR 40935 SR Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Thu 2022-01-20
12.00 - 13.30 40935 SR 40935 SR Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Thu 2022-01-27
12.00 - 13.30 40935 SR 40935 SR Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Thu 2022-02-03
CANCELED
12.00 - 13.30 40935 SR 40935 SR Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired