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Approaches to Teaching Kafka's Short Fiction

Editor(s): Richard T. Gray

Pages: xiv & 161 pp.
Published: 1995
ISBN: 9780873527255

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Ever since English-speaking readers "discovered" Kafka in the 1950s, his works have been a cornerstone of undergraduate world literature studies. Hoping to make Kafka and the modernist writing he represents more accessible to students, the editor and twelve contributors to this volume explain how they present "one of the most taught and least understood writers of our century."

The book, like others in the MLA Approaches to Teaching World Literature series, is divided into two parts. Part 1, "Materials," surveys resources useful for classroom instruction, such as dual-language editions, critical studies, reference works, and audiovisual aids. Part 2, "Approaches," comprises thirteen essays that focus on ways to teach five of Kafka's stories--"The Judgment," The Metamorphosis, "In the Penal Colony," "A Country Doctor," and "A Hunger Artist"--and also provide strategies for teaching Kafka's other works of short fiction. The approaches described include teaching Kafka as a modernist writer, reading Kafka in a second-year German course, studying the stories alongside the expressionist film classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, and examining Kafka's treatment of his female characters. Intended for those who teach Kafka in translation or in the original, Approaches to Teaching Kafka's Short Fiction presents fresh ideas that have been tested and refined by experienced instructors.

Table of Contents

Approaches to Teaching Kafka's Short Fiction

Richard T. Gray

Editions and Translations
German Editions
Dual-Language Editions
The Instructor's Library
Bibliographies and Reference Works
Background and Bibliographical Studies
Critical Studies
Didactic Approaches
Student Readings
Background and Bibliographical Studies
Critical Studies

Aids to Teaching


Literary and Historical Contexts

Kafka and Modernism
Walter H. Sokel

Gender, Judaism, and Power: A Jewish Feminist Approach to Kafka
Evelyn Torton Beck

Kafka's "An Imperial Message" in a Comparative Context
Judith Ryan

Classroom Strategies

From Caligari to Kafka: Expressionist Film and the Teaching of Kafka's Short Fiction
Richard T. Gray

Teaching Kafka in the Second-Year German Course
Joseph L. Brockington

Thematic and Aesthetic Issues

Kafka and Women
Ruth V. Gross

The Language of Defamiliarization: Benjamin's Kafka
Carrie L. Asman

A Psychoanalytic Approach to "The Judgment"
Kenneth Hughes

Pedagogical and Interpretive Perspectives on Individual Texts

Georg Bendemann's Path to the Judgment
Elizabeth W. Trahan

Kafka's The Metamorphosis and the Search for Meaning in Twentieth-Century German Literature
Margit M. Sinka

Irony, Contingency, and Postmodernity: "In the Penal Colony"
Steven Taubeneck

The Text That Was Never a Story: Symmetry and Disaster in "A Country Doctor"
Henry Sussman

Purification unto Death: "A Hunger Artist" as Allegory of Modernism
James Rolleston

Works Cited


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