A lecture by Scott Spector (University of Michigan) in the series:
From Democracy to Dictatorship and Genocide: Czechoslovak Jews in Literature, Music and Film
presented by the Society for the History of the Czechoslovak Jews, New York
An author in his own right, Max Brod gets lost in the recent skirmishes over the rightful archival home of his literary remains. The papers include documents in the hand of his friend Franz Kafka. The protracted court case relating to the question of this “cultural patrimony” raises questions about the cultural place of these Jewish, German-language writers from Prague. Where did Max Brod and Franz Kafka belong, and who are their legitimate heirs? Rather than focusing on the dispute over the Brod papers, this talk explores the kinds of home inscribed in Brod’s and Kafka’s writings.
Scott Spector (PhD, the Johns Hopkins University, 1994) is Professor with appointments at the University of Michigan in the Department of History, the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, and the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies. He is the author of a prize-winning book, Prague Territories: National Conflict and Cultural Innovation in Franz Kafka’s Fin de Siècle(2000).