Kafka as muse

The fine arts course I’m teaching at Shimer is based on Ovid’s Metamorphoses, which has inspired countless works of music and visual art. It strikes me that if any more recent figure has the potential to serve as such a productive basis for art, it has to be Kafka. The Trial cries out for operatic treatment. A ballet of “Josephine the Singer” would be inspired. Imagine what visual artists could do with Odradek!

What do you think, readers?

4 thoughts on “Kafka as muse

  1. There’s a Philip Glass mini opera of In the Penal Colony. Also, the Hungarian composer Gyorgy Kurtag has a piece called Kafka-Fragmente that I think takes its text from his diaries. Both well worth listening to.

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