Category Archives: Kafka

Style: As Applied to Monty Python’s “Black Knight”

We are rewriting the scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) about the Black Knight; we are rewriting it in the “styles” of Thomas Mann, Arthur Schnitzler, and Franz Kafka, as exemplified in Death in Venice, Fräulein Else, … Continue reading

Posted in Kafka, Mann, Schnitzler | 53 Comments

My annoyances with Kafka ‘scholarship,’ […]

[…] exemplified by The Trial and “schmoop” Part the First: We always bring certain “expectations” to a work we read, certain prejudices (‘pre-judgments’), biases, etc., and even if we are aware of some of them—e.g. race/ethnicity/nationality, class, gender/sex, religion …—we … Continue reading

Posted in Kafka | 870 Comments

Kafka: “In the Penal Colony” and the Secondary Literarure

Peter Neumeyer, in “Do Not Teach Kafka’s ‘In the Penal Colony’” (in: College Literature, Vol. 6 No. 2, 1979. 103-112) argues against teaching Kafka’s Erzählung “In the Penal Colony” at the high school or undergraduate level (to ‘late adolescents’). The … Continue reading

Posted in Kafka, Uncategorized | 78 Comments