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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 ]

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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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