115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Franz Kafka: New Readings for the 21st Century I

Session Chair: 
Brigitte Prutti, University of Washington
Session 9: Sunday 8:15 – 9:45 am
Education (Brogan) 101


  1. Amir Irani-Tehrani, United States Military Academy, West Point
    Through close-reading of Kafka's short-story, this paper seeks to challenge all previous interpretations of "Jackals and Arabs" that have either focused on the Zionist/assilimationst discourse, or more recently, the Arab/Israeli conflict.  In fact, this essay argues, the ordeal of Kafka's text is much more problematic than any previous commentators have considered and requires us to go deeper both into the present and the ancient past.
  2. Rachel Shields, McMaster University (Canada)
    Martin Buber’s theory of ontic guilt derives from his reading of Joseph K.’s failure to confess in Kafka’s The Trial. Situated in conversation with the trend of postsecularism in literary studies, this paper explores Buber’s belief in K.’s guiltiness through the lens of his earlier work on the confessions of religious mystics. It is argued that Buber’s theory of ontic guilt and the need for confession rests on the existence of a spiritual life possessed by language itself. 
  3. Charles Hammond, Jr., University of Tennessee, Martin
    Otto Weininger, author of Sex and Character (1903) divides woman into two types: the mother and the prostitute, the latter of which is supposedly attracted to the intellectual though she ostensibly possesses no intellect of her own. In this paper, I explore Kafka’s fictional portrayal of this archetype.
Session Cancelled: