Please join us for the
Fall 2018 Rodig Seminar
given by Elisabeth Strowick, New York University
Towards a Literary Epistemology of Suspicion: Kafka’s Clues
Modernity gives rise to various forms of suspicion, including modern forms of resentment and practices of self-discipline (a suspicion of oneself), as well as to an epistemology of suspicion as it is developed in the modern human sciences. Arguably, one of the most sophisticated analysts of the modern dispositive of suspicion is Franz Kafka. In the seminar, we will discuss Kafka’s literary epistemology of suspicion and usage of clues within a broader cultural-historical framework spanning from Nietzsche’s analysis of resentment and Freud’s psychoanalysis to Foucault’s “microphysics of power” and what Carlo Ginzburg calls the “paradigm of clues.”
This program is funded by a generous annual gift from Mrs. Lillian Rodig Maxwell, in memory of her brother, Dr. Oscar R. Rodig, Jr. RC ‘51, who studied Chemistry and German at Rutgers College, and in memory of her sister Erika Rodig Rosera, DC ‘62, who studied History and German at Douglass College.