German 241. Kafka and the Kafkaesque
This course examines Kafka’s life and major works in the historical and social context of early-20th-century Central Europe. Central themes are: generational conflicts, the function of humor and parody in his writings, modernity in and as crisis, the figure of the outsider as well as the “foreign,” the eccentric, the illogical, the uncanny–the Kafkaesque. Several film adaptations that attempt to visualize Kafka’s imaginative depths will also be studied.