In case any readers of this blog might be interested, I thought I’d let you know that I’ll be ringleading a four-session literary seminar at the 92nd St. Y this fall. The class will be translationcentric as well as Kafkacentric: readings will include mainly lots of Kafka’s short fiction, translated by several hands. Naturally we’ll be comparing the different translations as we discuss the stories. We’ll also read Kafka’s novella The Metamorphosis (in my own translation, with sections read in other translations as well) and his novel The Trial – in short, as much as can be comfortably crammed into four weeks. Here’s the official description:
What’s so riveting about a giant bug filled with all-too-human thoughts, a nameless rodent manically guarding the many branches of his underground lair, or a man who, finding himself arrested, spends the rest of his life trying to discover the charge? We’ll delve into the question of what makes Kafka “Kafkaesque” by reading many of his classic stories and one of his novels, and comparing different translations of his work.
The seminar will be held over four Thursday evenings (Sept. 24 – Oct. 15) at the 92nd St. Y, on Lexington Ave. at 92nd St. You can find more details and registration information on the 92nd St. Y website. I also understand that scholarships are also available (info here). If you’re able to sign up, please do – I’d love to see you there!