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636. Kafka's Experiments with Alternative Realities

Saturday, 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-Universit├Ąt, 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

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Session Description:

Kafka's works as historical documents, pointing to contemporary issues, replete with allusions to them, offering "alternative realities" at the intersection of the human-animal (dogs, horses, mice)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.


  • German Literature – Twentieth and Twenty-First Century

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