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Oct 12, 2020 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Anne Jamison: The Czechoslovak Kafka

A lecture by Anne Jamison, Professor of English at the University of Utah, and author of several books, including „Kafka’s Other Prague: Writings from the Czechoslovak Republic” (Northwestern, 2018). Anne will talk about the Czechoslovak Kafka, and the influence of the Czech language and of the Czech literary and political culture on Kafka’s late works.


Monday, October 12, 2020


Live online on Zoom

For more information please visit Eventbrite


Institutions in Germany, Israel, the Czech Republic, and Great Britain continue to argue over who can claim the literary legacy of Franz Kafka. Kafka himself would have been astonished at this state of affairs but would have provided no easy answer.

Kafka was bilingual but wrote only in German. He was Jewish, but non-practicing; fascinated by Jewish languages, but did not speak them. He spent most of his life in Prague, but would never have identified himself as Czech.

Then in 1918, he became “Czechoslovak,” a sudden citizen of a new linguistically defined nation state and its officially Czech capital. “The Czechoslovak Kafka” explains how this profound change shaped Kafka’s work and understanding of his native city and culture.

It also shows how like Kafka, many of Czechoslovakia's Jews straddled German and Czech languages and cultures and saw in their new country both new hazards and new possibilities. Some—among them Kafka's good friends and even Kafka himself—drew on this complexity in steering Czechoslovak print culture to challenge the region’s longstanding nationalist divide that presented identity as an either-or proposition.


The event will be presented on ZOOM. Please register on Eventbrite and select 1 ticket. The lecture will be recorded and available on YouTube.


The event is organized by the Society for the History of Czechoslovak Jews and Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences, New York Chapter, with support of BBLA. 


Society for the History of Czechoslovak Jews | SHCSJ.ONLINE@gmail.com | www.shcsj.org

Bohemian National Hall, 321 E 73rd Street, New York, NY 10021



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Oct 12, 2020 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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