The eNotated In the Penal Colony

The eNotated In the Penal Colony

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BN ID: 2940013384835
Publisher: eNotated Classics
Publication date: 09/17/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 220,808
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Jens Kruse was born in Hamburg, Germany. He was educated there and in the United States. He received the M.A. degree in Comparative Literature from Indiana University in Bloomington in 1971, and took the Staatsexamen at the University of Hamburg in 1974. He received the Ph.D. degree in Comparative Literature from the University of California in Los Angeles in 1982.

Mr. Kruse joined the Wellesley College faculty in 1983. He teaches both German language and literature on all levels of the curriculum and has served repeatedly as chair of the German Department and Coordinator of Foreign Language Chairs. He served Associate Dean of the College from 1992 until 1999.

His particular teaching interests are late 18th and early 19th century literature, especially the works of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and 20th century literature, especially the works of Franz Kafka and Martin Walser. He has also taught comparative literature courses, such as Classic Western Texts in Contemporary Perspective and Imaginary Crimes and Courts: the Law in Literature

He is the author of the book "Der Tanz der Zeichen: Poetische Struktur und Geschichte in Goethe's Faust II" and of articles on Goethe, Goethe reception, Franz Kafka, and Martin Walser. In his most recent book, "Tortured Enlightenment: Writing and Reading in Kafka's 'In the Penal Colony,'" written mostly for the general reader in the form of letters to his family, Mr. Kruse examines this horrifying novella of the year 1914 for instructions on how best to read Kafka.

Date of Birth:

July 3, 1883

Date of Death:

June 3, 1924

Place of Birth:

Prague, Austria-Hungary

Place of Death:

Vienna, Austria


German elementary and secondary schools. Graduated from German Charles-Ferdinand University of Prague.

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