apexart :: Anca Parvulescu discussion


Kafka's Last Laugh

In conjunction with the exhibition <laughter>
organized by Kari Cwynar.

Wednesday, June 5: 6:30 pm

Scholar Anca Parvulescu presents a reading of a letter from Franz Kafka
to his fiancée Felice Bauer, in which he describes a burst of laughter.

Drawing from her research and teaching interests in twentieth-century literature, modernity and modernism, literary and critical theory, narrative and the novel, and gender and feminist studies, Anca Parvulescu will highlight an isolated moment of laughter through the analysis of a letter from Franz Kafka to his fiancée Felice Bauer. Through her presentation, Parvulescu foregrounds the question of laughter in Kafka's life and work.

Anca Parvulescu is Associate Professor at Washington University in St. Louis, where she teaches in the Department of English and The Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities. She is the author of Laughter: Notes on a Passion (MIT Press, 2010), which tells the story of a modern prohibition on laughter. Her work is published in journals including New Literary History, Diacritics, Camera Obscura, and Discourse. She is a recipient of a number of fellowships, including a Huntington Library fellowship for 2008-2009.

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apexart's exhibitions and and public programs are supported in part by the Affirmation Arts Fund, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Edith C. Blum Foundation, Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts.

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