The Trial is a novel by Austrian writer Franz Kafka. Written in 1914 and 1915, the novel was incomplete when Kafka died and Max Brod edited the manuscript into a coherent novel, published posthumously in 1925. In recent years, some textual integrity has been restored in later editions. In this lesson, students will research author Franz Kafka and will discuss his role within the existentialist, absurdist, and experimental modernist genres of literature.
Research Activity: Conduct research on author Franz Kafka and the existentialist, absurdist, surrealist, and experimental modernist movements of literature. How is the style of Kafka’s works defined by critics and scholars? What different genres comprise Kafka’s body of works?
Group Assignment: Assign students to groups of 3-4 each. As a group, develop a presentation that examines and discusses the biography, career, body of works, and style of author Franz Kafka. What is meant by...
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