3 Franz Kafka 1883-1924 Born in Prague, Czech Republic Jewish, middle classDoctor of LawNo literary attention until after his deathDied of tuberculosis at age of 40Works published posthumously
4 Kafka Influenced by Socialism Yiddish ( Jewish ) literature Talmud ( Jewish mystical teachings)Existentialism leaningsTranscendental metaphysical contemplation
5 Existentialisma sense of disorientation & confusion in the face of an apparently meaningless or absurd world.the individual is solely responsible for giving his own life meaning and to be done passionately and sincerely despite of existential obstacles and distractions including despair, angst, absurdity, alienation, & boredomemphasis is the individual about what constitutes a:fulfilling lifeachievementsobstacles to overcomewhat external and internal factors are involvedincludes the potential consequences of the existence] or non-existence of God.[
7 Transcendental metaphysical contemplation reality, or reality as we can know it, is mentally constructed, or otherwise immaterial.reality beyond what is perceptible to the sensesthe mind shapes the world we perceive into the form of space-and-time.
9 Now back to Kafka Some believe he had schizoid personality disorder Speculations regarding his sexual preferencesAnorexia?Wrote in GermanNever finished any of his full length novelsKnown to start in middle or last page of note book & write in a random order
10 Characteristics of his work Ambiguous words/termsHopelessness or absurdityMagical realismMetaphysical quest for God ( Talmud/ Zohar)Surrealist humorPeople invent their own struggles
11 Famous for The Metamorphosis The Trial The Castle It’s about a man who wakes up and finds he is changed into a beetle, and how his family reacts to his change. It’s an allegorical short novel about how society view illness, elderly, or societal expectations .
12 Literary mystery: Missing writings 20 notebooks & 35 letters to last GFKafka Project San Diego State universityIt began in 1998 is an official international search for his lost writingsconfiscated by Gestapo in Berlin in 19332003 they found 3 letters2010 found a short story