Nov 4 – Kafka Workshop with Vivian Liska at NYU

Announcement from the German Department…
Dear All,
On Monday, November 4th Vivian Liska will give a workshop on “Kafka and his Readers” for graduate students.  We welcome you to join.  The workshop will take place from 3:30-6:10pm in the Great Room on the 1st floor of 19 University Place.  Here is the link to the event on our dept website:  
The description is below and the reader is attached.

All best,

Kafka and his Readers                           

NYU, Workshop

November 4, 2013 3:30-6:10pm

19 University Place, 1st Floor Great Room

Prof. Vivian Liska


Franz Kafka is one of the foremost modernist authors in and beyond the German speaking world. Following a brief introduction based on a poem by the young Kafka, this workshop will center on a selection of shorter texts to be discussed in depth. Each of these will focus on a different aspect of the connection between Kafka and reading. A discussion of “Conversation with the Supplicant” will shed light on the story’s implicit construction of an imaginary reader. An analysis of Kafka’s “other Abraham,” invoked in a few paragraphs inserted in a letter to Robert Klopstock, will illuminate Kafka as a subversive reader of the Bible. Finally, a short poem by Paul Celan, “Sprüchlein-Deutsch,” will reveal an unexpected reading of Kafka’s life, writing, and relationship to language as seen by one of the greatest poets of the second half of the twentieth century.



Vivian Liska is Senior Professor of German literature and Director of the Institute of Jewish Studies at the University of Antwerp, Belgium as well as Distinguished Visiting Professor of German at Hebrew University, Jerusalem from 2014-2017. She is editor of the comparative literature journal arcadia and of the Yearbook of the Society for European-Jewish literature. Her most recent books are Giorgio Agamben’s Empty Messianism and Fremde GemeinschaftDeutsch-jüdische Literatur der Moderne .

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