636. Kafka's Experiments with Alternative Realities
Sunday, 11 January, 5:15–6:30 p.m., Sheraton I, Sheraton Chicago
A special session
Presiding: Marie Luise Caputo-Mayr, Temple Univ., Philadelphia
Speakers: Sandra Fluhrer, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich; Lynn M. Kutch, Kutztown Univ.; Matthew T. Lau, Queensborough Community Coll., City Univ. of New York; Imke Meyer, Univ. of Illinois, Chicago; Lara Pehar, Univ. of Toronto; Alfred Thomas, Univ. of Illinois, Chicago
Responding: Dagmar C. G. Lorenz, Univ. of Illinois, Chicago
For abstracts, visit www.kafkasocietyofamerica.org.
Kafka's works as historical documents, pointing to contemporary issues, replete with allusions to them, offering "alternative realities" at the intersection of the human-animal (dogs, horses, mice) and human-object world (Odradek) and other transient moments (alienating "imaginary" America, Russia). Utopia, the obscure language, the comic; novel and educational theories; Bohemia.
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