Blanchot and Kafka
7 - 8 December 2017
Antwerp University, Stadscampus, Hof van Liere, Prentenkabinet - Prinsstraat 13 - 2000 ANTWERP (route: UAntwerpen, Stadscampus
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Institute of Jewish Studies
In this international seminar, a systematic examination of the Blanchot/Kafka connection will be presented, on the basis of Blanchot's translations of Kafka
Blanchot and Kafka
International seminar organized by the Institute of Jewish Studies in cooperation with the Center for European Philosophy (University of Antwerp) and with the support of the Department University & Society of the University of Antwerp.
In this seminar, a systematic examination of the Blanchot/Kafka connection will be presented, on the basis of Blanchot’s translations of Kafka. The works of Franz Kafka had an important significance for Blanchot, who dedicated more than seven essays to examining Kafka. These essays were collected in the book De Kafka à Kafka. Blanchot quotes Kafka in most of his work on the transformation of literary narrative in the 20th century and the appearance of the neuter. He relates several issues which are central in his own approach to literature to the work of Kafka, such as the passage from the “I” to the “he” in the experience of writing, the experience of estrangement in the act of narrating, and the outside. The aim of the seminar is to examine and discuss Blanchot’s interpretation of Kafka, the influence Kafka may have had on Blanchot's own fiction and critical reflections, and more in general the impact (or absence of it) of the Blanchot/Kafka connection on contemporary literary theory. Blanchot’s translations of some of Kafka's writings, to be published this fall, will likely constitute an interesting point of departure to (re)consider these issues.
With contributions by including Arthur Cools (University of Antwerp), Marco Gutjahr (Universität Rostock), Kevin Hart (University of Virginia), Leslie Hill (University of Warwick), Eric Hoppenot (Université Paris Sorbonne-ESPE), Vivian Liska (Institute of Jewish Studies), Alain Milon (Université Paris Nanterre), Annelies Schulte Nordholt (Leiden University), and Aukje van Rooden (University of Amsterdam).
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