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Kafka in the Middle East

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
12:00 AM
Kalamazoo Room, Michigan League 911 N. University

Roundtable organized by: Professor Kader Konuk, CMENAS Assoc. Director Department of Comparative Literature, and German Studies

This roundtable gathers scholars from a variety of disciplines to discuss the legacy of Franz Kafka in the Middle East. Participants enter into a conversation about the translation, appropriation, and staging of the Kafka's work in countries such as Egypt, Turkey, and Israel. "Post-Mortem Translations: Yeshurun Keshet's "Jackals and Arabs", Maya Barzilai, Frankel Center and Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan; "Kafka and the Arab Intellectuals’, Atef Botros, Near Eastern Studies, Marburg University; "Reading Kafka in Istanbul", Kader Konuk, Comparative Literature and German Studies, University of Michigan; "Castles in the Air", Na'ama Rokem, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago; "Kafka's Patrimony", Scott Spector, History and German Studies, University of Michigan; “On the Extra-Colonial Invisibility of Egyptian-German Translation” Shaden Tageldin, Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota