KAFKA AND THE MODERN WORLD
Kafka's major works are examined both formally and thematically with reference to the modernist tradition. Recurring issues include authority, alienation, mass society, guilt and punishment, truth, and writing. Regular assignments from the secondary literature introduce students to central questions of literary criticism and theory. Essays by Kierkegaard, Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud further elaborate the cultural context in which Kafka's texts were produced. All readings are in German.