His works, such as "Die Verwandlung" ("The Metamorphosis"), Der Process (The Trial), and Das Schloss (The Castle), are filled with the themes and archetypes of alienation, physical and psychological brutality, parent–child conflict, characters on a terrifying quest, and mystical transformations.
Characters in a Kafkaesque setting often lack a clear course of action to escape the situation. Kafkaesque elements often appear in existential works, but the term has transcended the literary realm to apply to real-life occurrences and situations that are incomprehensibly complex, bizarre, or illogical.
Sarah Egelman, of the School of Communications, Humanities & Social Sciences at CNM, reacquaints us with Franz Kafka in her upcoming class at A Taste of Honey.
This one hour mini-course will present the life and work of writer Franz Kafka paying particular attention to the German and Czech social climate and the pressure to assimilate into European society even as life became increasingly culturally difficult for Jews. The literature of Kafka reflects not only his own personal struggles with familial expectations, career satisfaction, romantic relationships, poor health and the passion for creativity but also the tense situation he and other Jews found themselves in in the late 19th and early 20th century.
Franz Kafka is best known for "The Metamorphosis" but his legacy includes many other short stories, several compelling novels,and a collection of parables as well as posthumously published letters and diaries. I hope this lecture will inspire people to read (or re-read) the works of Kafka with the ability to understand the context in which he created his groundbreaking work.If you do not find this topic fascinating - there are 17 other classes to choose from - plus Cantor Ellen Dreskin!
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