ONLINE CLASS: How Art Keeps Hope Alive: Franz Kafka and Frida Kahlo (2187)

Four Sundays: October 10, 17, 24, 31, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. EST 

$120.00 (10% off for members)

Franz Kafka, Czech writer, and Frida Kahlo, Mexican painter, are unquestionably among the most influential artists of the 20th century whose work still reverberates into the 21st.  For both artists, the membrane separating life and work was extremely thin.  In spite of differences in gender, genre, nationality, and language, there is a surprising confluence of themes and images in their work.  And, although both artists lived continuously with serious illness and pain, both ultimately embraced life by means of their art.  By juxtaposing close readings of selected stories and paintings, we will come to understand the work of each artist more fully and deeply.  To make these parallels concrete, we will focus on family histories, the search for identity, constructions of the self, the yearning for wholeness, as well as representations of psychic and physical wounds.  Both Kafka and Kahlo conceived of themselves as “outsiders,” yet ironically, in the public imagination, they have come to represent the 20th century. Four Sundays: October 10, 17, 24, 31, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. EST Online Class. 


Kahlo, by Andrea Kettenmann, Taschen 9783836500852 

The Complete Short Stories by Franz Kafka, Schocken Kafka Library 9780805210552

Evelyn Torton Beck holds Ph.D.s in both Comparative Literature and Clinical Psychology. She is Women’s Studies Professor Emerita at the University of Maryland and an Alum Research Fellow with the Creative Longevity and Wisdom Initiative at the Fielding Graduate University. She has pioneered numerous interdisciplinary courses on topics as diverse as Women in the Arts, Mothers and Daughters, Jewish Women in International Perspective, Women and the Holocaust, Death and Dying in Modern Literature, Lesbian Studies, Gender, Power and the Spectrum of Difference, and Feminist Perspectives on Psychology, among others. She has also written and lectured widely on the intersections of sexism, racism, anti-semitism, and homophobia. For her life’s work  in interdisciplinary fields she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria this September; the ceremony was postponed by a year because of Covid. 

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The Complete Stories (The Schocken Kafka Library) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780805210552
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Published: Schocken - November 14th, 1995

Kahlo Cover Image
ISBN: 9783836500852
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(This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Taschen - September 16th, 2015