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St John's College


On Friday, June 1st 2018, we welcome you to a podium discussion dedicated to one of the most influential authors of the 20th century, Franz Kafka. Titled 'Bringing Kafka's Castle to Life', the event will take place in the Auditorium of St John's College from 5.00 pm.

Although unfinished, Kafka’s final novel project Das Schloss / The Castle  has become a classic in the canon of world literature. This is thanks in large part to the fragment’s various editors and critics, who have sought to bring Kafka’s mind-boggling survey of a countryside bureaucracy to life, beginning with Max Brod’s seminal edition of 1926.

To mark the publication of the new critical edition of Das Schloss / The Castle this podium event will discuss the legacy of the novel, bringing Kafka to new audiences, and Oxford’s position on the global map of Kafka Studies. Professors Carolin Duttlinger, Katrin Kohl, Barry Murnane, and Ritchie Robertson of the Oxford Kafka Research Centre will be joined by Roland Reuß, co-editor of the FKA Historical-Critical Kafka Edition, and award-winning playwright Ed Harris, who recently adapted the novel for BBC Radio 4.

The event will be followed by a drinks reception to celebrate publication of Carolin Duttlinger’s new edited volume Kafka in Context (Cambridge UP). All are welcome.