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Franz Kafka’s Insights for the 21st Century (via Zoom)

January 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Franz Kafka’s Insights for the 21st Century

This course will be about the life and writing of Franz Kafka (1883-1924). We will read selections of his work to more fully understand Kafka’s world, his writing, his thinking, and what we can learn from his fiction for our own writing. We will focus on the most important years of his life and the culture of Prague during 1910-1915. We will examine his family, his work, psychological development, fascination with Zionism, engagement to Felice Bauer, and his illness.

We will give close readings of his journals, fragments, letters, and his most important writings, including The Metamorphosis.

“Letter to his Father”
“The Metamorphosis”
“In the Penal Colony”
“Before the Law”
“The Judgment”
“A Hunger Artist”
Josephine the Singer, or the Mouse Folk”
“Give it Up!”
“On Parables”
plus selections from Parables and Paradoxes and Aphorisms

Class will run for six consecutive Thursdays beginning on January 20 and ending on February 24 from 6:30-8:30pm EST. It will be taught via Zoom. The link will be emailed (please check spam) at the time of registration and again 48hours before the class. Please email [email protected] with questions.

Instructor Sean Singer was born in Guadalajara, Mexico in 1974. He is the author of Discography (Yale University Press, 2002), winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, and the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America and a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts; Honey & Smoke (Eyewear Publishing, 2015); and Today in the Taxi (forthcoming, Tupelo Press, 2022); and two chapbooks, Passport (Beard of Bees Press, 2007) and Keep Right on Playing Through the Mirror Over the Water (Beard of Bees Press, 2010).

He has a BA in English with honors from Indiana University, Bloomington (1997), an MFA in Creative Writing from Washington University in St. Louis (1999), and a Ph.D. in American Studies from Rutgers-Newark (2013).

He is the recipient of an Artist’s Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems appear in many anthologies including A Face to Meet the Faces, Music’s Spell: Poems about Music and Musicians, Jazz Poems, and Callaloo: The Best of Callaloo Poetry. He was guest editor of Locuspoint: New York CityHe has taught creative writing and a variety of interdisciplinary courses at Hunter College, SUNY Binghamton, Northern Arizona University, Barnard College, and Rutgers-Newark. He lives in Ossining, New York.


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January 20
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Hudson Valley Writers Center
Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States