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Sunday, 09 January

678. Interpreting Lives in Kafka’s Short Stories

8:30–9:45 a.m., 301B, LA Convention Center

A special session

Presiding: Marie Luise Caputo-Mayr, Temple Univ., Philadelphia

Speakers: Peter Beicken, Univ. of Maryland, College Park; Janko Ferk, Alpen Adria Universitaet, Klagenfurt; Keith Leslie Johnson, Augusta State Univ.; Christophe Kone, Rutgers Univ, New Brunswick; Valerie Reed, Univ. of Nevada, Reno

Kafka’s works present narrated lives at a crucial cultural and historical crossroads of Western civilization. His works capture essential problems of his (and our) time, perceiving it as harboring evil. Selected prose pieces show how these minibiographies and mini-autobiographies illuminate general life circumstances, exploring recent theory and adding perspective to the larger issue of narrating lives. Kafka’s recently published life documents and Stach’s new biography add background to these approaches.

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