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

Franz Kafka: New Readings for the 21st Century II

Session Chair: 
Charles Hammond, Jr., University of Tennessee, Martin
Session 10: Sunday 10 – 11:30 am
Education (Brogan) 101


  1. Yao Pei, University of California, Irvine
    Kafka condenses two parallel time zones, the ancient and the modern, represented by the killing apparatus and the explorer into the presence of the penal colony. By bringing both time periods together, Kafka unveils the concealing power of both systems and shows their rivaling dynamics striving for power.  
  2. Rawad Alhashmi, University of Texas at Dallas
    Twentieth-century luminaries Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) and Franz Kafka (1883-1924) were close friends, and shared a deep interest in linguistic theories. This essay intends to demonstrate how the distinct-yet-related concepts about language of these two scholars reflect one another, expressed by Benjamin as “pure language” and by Kafka as “architectural language”. 
  3. Jennifer Tronti, California Baptist University
    In form, Kafka’s “Prometheus” bears a remarkable resemblance to Wallace Stevens’s “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” – a kind of ars poetica of Modernism itself. Framing Kafka’s text “Prometheus” as a Modernist poem and an emblem of theopoiesis emphasizes its fragmented and multivalent approach to representation and experience.
Session Cancelled: