St John's College Oxford

Bringing Kafka’s 'The Castle' to life

A day of workshops and discussions on Kafka's final novel project, for the public, students and schools.

Although unfinished, Kafka’s final novel project Das Schloss/The Castle has become a classic in the canon of world literature. This is thanks in large part to the fragment’s various editors and critics, who have sought to bring Kafka’s mind-boggling survey of a countryside bureaucracy to life, beginning with Max Brod’s seminal edition of 1926. 

To mark the publication of a new and ground-breaking critical edition of Das Schloss/The Castle, the Oxford Kafka Research Centre and the Institut für Textkritik (Heidelberg) are pleased to announce a series of outreach events, student workshops and a public evening podium event.

Kafka MS Study DaySchools
The day begins with a Schools Programme, a German Study Day for pupils in Year 12 considering studying German at university:
9.45-10.00am pupils arrive
10.10-10.45am Studying Modern Languages at Oxford, admissions, application, choices
11.00am Ed Harris workshop: Adapting Kafka’s The Castle
12.30pm Lunch
1.30pm Tours of College
2.30-3.30pm Discussion with current students (SLO)

Full details of the programme can be found here.

There will be two Student Workshops in The Barn for existing Modern languages students:
11.00am-12.30pm  Editing Kafka’s Castle. A practical workshop in editing with the world’s leading experts on Kafka’s manuscript, Roland Reuß and Peter Staengle.
2.00-3.30pm   From drafts to broadcasts: adapting Kafka’s The Castle. A workshop on dramatic adaptation, with award-winning playwright Ed Harris.

Open to all
At 5.00-6.30pm a Podium Discussion in the Auditorium, 'Bringing Kafka’s The Castle to life', concludes the day's events: 
To mark the publication of the new critical edition of Das Schloss/The Castle this podium event will discuss the legacy of the novel, bringing Kafka to new audiences, and Oxford’s position on the global map of Kafka Studies. Carolin Duttlinger, Katrin Kohl, Barry Murnane and Ritchie Robertson will be joined by Roland Reuß, co-editor of the FKA Historical-Critical Kafka Edition, and award-winning playwright Ed Harris, who recently adapted the novel for BBC Radio 4. 

The event will be followed by a drinks reception to celebrate publication of Carolin Duttlinger’s new edited volume Kafka in Context (Cambridge University Press). All are welcome.