ENGLISH 4KK3 Kafka After Kafka (C01)
Academic Year: Fall 2018
Instructor: Dr. Iris Bruce
Office: Togo Salmon Hall 502
Phone: 905-525-9140 x 24697
Office Hours: Tuesday 11:30-12:30; Wednesday 2:30-3:30
- Course Objectives
- Textbooks, Materials & Fees
- Method of Assessment
- Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties
- Additional Policies and Statements
- Topics and Readings
- Other Course Information
Students will investigate the reasons for Kafka’s popularity in so many cultures around the world by examining how themes of metamorphosis, marginality, power, and identity -- so central in Kafka’s work -- reemerge especially in postwar film and fiction.
Textbooks, Materials & Fees:
These are available at Titles, the university bookstore.
Abe, Kobo. Woman in the Dunes (Vintage)
Barwin, Gary. Franzlations [The imaginary Kafka parables] (New Star Books)
Kafka, Franz, The Complete Stories (Schocken)
Kafka, Franz. The Metamorphosis (Modern Library)
Keret, Edgar . Suddenly, A Knock on the Door (Farrar, Straus & Geroux)
Mairowitz, D.Z. & Crumb, R, Kafka (Fantagraphic Books)
Schulz, Bruno, Collected Stories (Penguin Classics)
Roth, Philip. The Breast (Vintage)
Films will include Peter Capaldi’s Franz Kafka’s It’s A Wonderful Life. Excerpts will be shown from Hiroshi Teshigahara’s A Woman in the Dunes, Orson Welles’ The Trial, David Cronenberg’s The Fly/Naked Lunch/Videodrome, Woody Allen’s Zelig, and Joel & Ethan Coen’s A Serious Man.
Method of Assessment:
Research Essay (2500-3000 words) . . . .. . . . . 40% (due: November 21)
Seminar Presentation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . 30%
Response Paper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . 20%
Students must hand in a seminar presentation or response paper before Wednesday, November 9.
Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:
Late Assignment Policy:
All essays are due either in class or electronically by the end of the day on the assigned date.
Written Work and Late Submissions:
Late work will be penalized: there will be a reduction of 3% per day on essays handed in late without permission, and they will receive no extensive commentary.
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- Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
- Improper collaboration in group work.
- Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.
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