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Topics in 20th-Century Literature: Kafka's Labyrinths

GER 516

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Franz Kafka was once called an expert on questions of power. That peculiarity is the focus of this seminar. Guided by exemplary topics - the architecture of labyrinths and text-labyrinths, the machine and the apparatus, guilt and the law, animal figures, family dramas, the worlds of objects - we primarily discuss Kafka's stories and novels as attempts at a literary analysis of power. At issue, therefore, is the relationship between narrative strategies and the political dimension of this literature. At the same time, the seminar offers a discussion of modern narrative theories and the ethics of literature.
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Section S01