Franz Kafka Graduate Reading Group

Nov 13, 2023
Gavin House
1220 E 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Open to current graduate students at the University of Chicago. Participants can come to whichever sessions they choose. Others interested in participating should contact Sam Landon at Books, dinner, and beverages will be provided. 

How do you navigate a world beyond comprehension? Do law and justice care about the individual? What are the causes of modern anxieties and can we find peace?

These questions and more are raised by the puzzling and alienating worlds of Franz Kafka. Join us at Gavin House on Mondays at 4:30pm for dinner, drinks, and discussion as we explore this master of 20th century literature!

A copy of The Complete Stories will be provided to all participants. 


This group will meet on Mondays (beginning October 9th) from 4:30pm - 5:30pm.

  • October 9: Brief Introduction and "Before the Law" (pg. 3-4)
  • October 16:  "A Hunger Artist" (pg. 268-277)
  • October 23: "In the Penal Colony" (pg. 140-167)
  • October 30: "The Refusal" (pg. 263-267)
  • November 6: "The Burrow" (pg. 325-359)
  • November 13: "The Problem of Our Laws" & "On Parables" (pg. 437-438 & 457)