September 10: Franz Kafka, Der Prozeß

Session Preview

In this session we will discuss Franz Kafka's unfinished novel,  Der Prozeß, which tells the story of Josef K., who awakes one morning to find himself accused of a crime. We will discuss how to approach a complex fictional text within its historical context and as an aesthetic object.

 

Texts

Franz Kafka, Der Prozess 

Clayton Koelb, "Kafka's Rhetorical Moment"  

What to think about as you prepare for class

First Assignment (due Friday)

What does the term kafkaesque mean? Is it a useful term? How does this text fit in with other Kafka texts you may be familiar with? 

 

Second Assignment (due Monday) 

What approach does Koelb take to Kafka's texts? What is he interested in? How does he build his argument?