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Lecture to discuss Kafka’s literary works

TAMPA, Fla. -- The University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences Departments of Religious Studies and World Languages will present the second June Baumgardner Gelbart Lecture in Jewish Studies at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at the Interdisciplinary Sciences Building (ISA) Room 1051 on the Tampa campus. Stanley Corngold, professor emeritus of German and comparative literature at Princeton University, will discuss “Franz Kafka and the Poetry of Risk Insurance.”

Following an illustrated introduction to Kafka’s life and intellectual personality, the lecture will suggest how the logic of risk insurance informs such well-known works as “The Metamorphosis,” “The Trial,” “In the Penal Colony,” and “The Castle.”

Corngold taught at Princeton for 43 years. He is the author of “Lambent Traces: Franz Kafka” (2004), the translator of “Kafka’s Selected Stories” (2006), co-editor of “Franz Kafka: The Office Writings” (2009), and the co-author of “Franz Kafka: the Ghosts in the Machine” (2011). He recently founded the Princeton-Oxford-Humboldt Kafka Consortium and also continues to work on the late German Enlightenment, translating and editing Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s “The Sufferings of Young Werther.” In 2011, Corngold was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The lecture will be followed by a question and answer session. This presentation is free and open to the general public.

This lecture is made possible by a generous grant from the June Baumgardner Gelbart Foundation. A Tampa Bay area philanthropist and patron of the arts, Gelbart was active in the local Jewish community and committed to programs serving Jewish youth. The foundation continues June Baumgardner Gelbart’s philanthropic legacy.

USF is located at 4202 E. Fowler Ave. To get to the ISA building, take the Leroy Collins Boulevard entrance from Fowler Avenue into the campus. ISA is located northwest of the road’s end, at the intersection of USF Cherry Drive and Leroy Collins Boulevard. Parking is available in lots 2A or 2B.

USF thanks the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Tampa Jewish Federation for its support of this project.


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