Kafka and Brecht: Alienation, Exile, and the Fate of Modern Humanity. Taught at 10 by Eric Miller. Franz Kafka (1883-1924), the most influential prose writer of the 20th century, and Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956), probably the most influential dramatist, both examine the alienated and un-heroic modern individual in her/his unhappy relationship to hostile social environments: dysfunctional families, impenetrable bureaucracies, heartless capitalist economies. Both use experimental techniques in form and content to shake their audiences out of their complacent worldviews and lazy habits of thought and feeling; both are darkly, mordantly, hilariously funny. Conducted in English. By special arrangement, this course can also be used to count toward a German Studies major or minor.