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The Short Fiction of Franz Kafka and Jorge Luis Borges

Register for this Spring 2024 course on the new NYU SPS Academy of Lifelong Learning website .
Franz Kafka, a German Jew living in the Czech capital of Prague, and Jorge Luis Borges, an Anglophonic Argentinian residing in the labyrinths of Buenos Aires, were the two most ambitious and experimental short story writers of the modern era. Combining surreal, speculative philosophical dreaming and dark humor with a sharp awareness of the ravages of the totalitarian century, these writers continue to be at the core of innovative literary practice in our day. We will read, in the latest translations, such works as Kafka’s “A Country Doctor,: “A Hunger Artist,” “Before the Law” and :”The Cares Of A Family Man” and Borges’s “Funes the Memorious,” “The Garden of Forking Paths,” “Death and the Compass” and ‘Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius”.  Spring 2024 tuition is $329.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Familiarity with Kafka’s and Borges’ short fiction masterpieces
  • Knowledge about the political and cultural contexts of their work

Ideal for

  • Those with an interest in modern literature
  • The curious and creative
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    • Section

    • Semester

      Spring 2024
    • Date

      Feb 21 - Mar 13
    • Day

    • Time

      • Online
    • Format

      • Online
    • Sessions

    • Faculty

      Birns, Nicholas
    • Location

      Instructor Led