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[TCD Academics] Seminar Plan:

Marie Sophie Hingst, Reading Group: "Reading Franz Kafka:
An approach towards an (Un-)Familiar Author"

"The name Franz Kafka the familiar portrait of a neurotic, hypochondriac writer, who was able to make a problem out of absolutely everthing and died shortly before his forty-first birthday. He left an oeuvre that resembles rather a large jig-saw puzzle, open for manifold forms of interpretation. Some claim all has been said already, other find nothing has been said at all about this author. We want to meet the middle and look at a selection of well-known and unknown texts of Kafka to discuss the role of the "national" and "trauma" in his work and contrast them with those of other writers."

1.   "Are you a Jew? Identities. Questions and Answers."  ( 05.08.2015)
      "Sind Sie Jude?" Identitäten. Fragen und Antworten."

Text: Franz Kafka  to Milena, 30. 05. 1920, in: ibid. Franz Kafka, Letters to Milena,
London 1953, pp. 40-43, letter from June 1920, pp. 36f: letter July 1920, pp. 64-66.

Text: Franz Kafka an Milena, 30.05. 1920, in: Ebd., Briefe an Milena, Frankfurt am
Mein (1986) , S. 24-28, Brief June 1920, S. 134-141

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Sun Jul 28th, 2019 at 10:06:11 PM EST
A follow-up ...

Marie Sophie Hingst: TCD Fellow @JNU in Delhi

The texts we read included Kafka's letters to Milena Jesenská, Abstracts from "The Castle" and various short stories among them: "A Hunger Artist" and "The Great Wall of China". The questions raised in the discussions connected the world of the early twentieth century Prague with the twenty-first century New-Delhi. We contrasted Kafka's search for identity with our very own examination of individuality in a post-colonial society .Kafka's texts soon became the fundament to discuss political issues. We approached with the texts in our hands one of the most challenging subjects of the Indian society; the status of women. Kafka, the most subtle author of violence provided us with a vocabulary to approach the traumatic experience of the body. Gestures such as shaking hands with members of the opposite sex, clapping or whistling, kissing in public or not, were interpreted in political terms. Alienation, peer pressure and the questions of religion, caste, gender and class were connected directly with literature. The categories themselves were attached to everyday life experience.

[Reference: TCD SPeCTReSS ]

Kafka - Too Short A Story
Trauma: An Essay on Jewish Guilt
Berlin exhibit highlights how the Nazis exploited Martin Luther's legacy

Sophie Hingst was born in Wittenberg (East-Germany), the city of Martin Luther. East Germany finally embraces Luther [NY Times - 1983]

    Rudolf was Marie Sophie's grandfather. Starting in 1956, he worked as a pastor in the Friedrichstädter congregation in the city Lutherstadt Wittenberg.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Sun Jul 28th, 2019 at 10:07:09 PM EST
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Case of Sophie H. is an abnormal psych case.
You've little to no idea how to remedy "abnormal psych" (a/ka/a neurology), possibly symptomatic dissociative behavior which harms oneself or others. What criteria of (ab)normal psych --a/k/a rational--behavior remains to be agreed as "preponderance" of human industry--socially (un)acceptable artifacts also known as "culture".

I'm reminded by Case of Sophie H. of past and presnt controversy in public discourse arising from the question, "Who is a jew?", arising from  eurocentric academic epistemology c. 1700 classifying race "science" (Bernal, Vol I-III, bibliography). Poor, Sophie H., struggling to reconcile "ego" and "superego" archetypes of "the good life" in oneself, prescribed by the ones-who-cannot-be-named authors of secular fiction, 4th cen BCE to present. Achieving equibrium would hard werk for anyone relying on "expert" guidance to a psychological "norm", dependencies on dominance of "id" in human relations. P > R - C: privatizing profits and all that melodrama.

Having warned his reades against the dangers of analogy ("it behooves us to be very careful"), 17  Freud proceeded to the confidant elaboration of the most dangerous, "the only really statisfactory analogy': that between individual and society: "Individual Psychology is from the very first the same as Social Psychology," Freud announced. 18 [General Psychological Theory, Theories on paranoia, masochism, repression, melancholia, the unconscious, the libido, and other aspects of thehuman psyche, anthology: MacMillan, 1963, p 17]
Nadie es libre.

People are what they eat. They are what they've learned --but for genomic determination hidden in the "we." BTDT. California Cohort of Petty Landlords could not answer the question, Who is a jew? any more than they can answer "Who is a black or African American,"  or "Who is native or indegenous," or "Who is Asian," given even historical, documentented, authoritative schema establishing public and private regard for legitimate issue of patrimony --rarely alluded to citienship-- which they know and love so well:
Karl Lueger (1844-1910), well before the "final solution"
9. General Boulanger and Captain Dreyfus (1894-1906), well before the "final solution"

Poor Sophie H. From whom was she hiding?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Jul 31st, 2019 at 07:00:08 PM EST
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What coincdence.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jul 31st, 2019 at 07:04:32 PM EST
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