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Karen Leeder

Series featuring Karen Leeder

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# Episode Title Description People Date
21 Hunger Artistry: Kafka and the Art of Starvation Kafka’s provocative story “The Hunger Artist” explores starvation, art, and the nature of human existence. Experts discuss the story and its reception. Peter Boxall, Ankhi Mukherjee, Meindert Peters, Karen Leeder 10 Jul 2024
20 'Kafka's Ape' and 'Words and Music' Interview with the creatives behind two shows inspired by Kafka's story 'A Report for an Academy' which explore race, migration, ageing and "humanimal" agency. Ed Gaughan, Karen Leeder, Tony Miyambo, Wes Williams 07 Jun 2024
19 Kafka’s Metamorphosis An in-depth exploration of the theme of transformation in Kafka's "The Metamorphosis". Why does Kafka's story still resonate today? Carolin Duttlinger, Bary Murnane, Karen Leeder 03 Jun 2024
18 Dancing "The Metamorphosis" One of the most striking transformations of Kafka's most famous story is into an acclaimed performance for the Royal Ballet. Meindert Peters, Karen Leeder 03 Jun 2024
17 Kafka and Humour Award-winning comedian David Baddiel discusses the kinds of humour that operate in Kafka and how laughter and nightmare are often closer than you think David Baddiel, Karen Leeder 03 Jun 2024
16 Kafka and Comics Kafka's "The Metamorphosis" has been translated into many languages and forms. This podcast explores Peter Kuper's graphic novel. Alexandra Lloyd, Karen Leeder 03 Jun 2024
15 Kafka and Race The transformation that takes place in "The Metamorphosis" has been referenced in any number of recent works by writers that explore issues of race, otherness and power. Kirstin Gwyer, Karen Leeder 03 Jun 2024
14 Kafka and Ecology Although Kafka does not treat environmental issues directly, his work has much to say about time, scale, uncertainty, inside and out and ecology in a broader sense, along our own position in a fragile world. Conor Brennan, Karen Leeder 03 Jun 2024
13 Kafka and Illness Using Kafka's "The Metamorphosis" as a starting point, this memoir of MS examines a range of lives and works to think through how illness challenges identity and how literature can help find a way through. Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Karen Leeder 03 Jun 2024
12 The Brazilian Kafka: Clarice Lispector Dubbed "the Brazilian Kafka", the writer Clarice Lispector wrote an experimental text that seems to echo the "Metamorphosis" in a number of ways. Claire Williams, Karen Leeder 03 Jun 2024
11 J. M. Coetzee and Kafka Nobel-prize winning author J. M. Coetzee has continued to reflect on and respond to Kafka in different ways throughout his life and work. Elleke Boehmer, Karen Leeder 03 Jun 2024
10 Two Czech Reflections on Greta Samsa The figure of the sister, Greta Samsa, in Kafka's story "The Metamorphosis" has fascinated writers and thinkers since the story was written. Rajendra Chitnis, Karen Leeder 03 Jun 2024
9 Writing Back: Spanish Literature Two important works of modern Spanish literature both take their cue from Kafka's letters to his companion, the Czech writer, journalist and translator Milena Jesenska. Daniela Omlor, Karen Leeder 03 Jun 2024
8 Writing Back: Russian Literature Although Kafka and his work was frowned on behind the iron curtain, his works had a remarkable subterranean currency. This podcast takes its cue from Kafka's story "The Judgement" to discuss the "letters" written back to Kafka from today's Russia. Sophia Buck, Karen Leeder 03 Jun 2024
7 Of all things broken and lost: Durs Grünbein’s Perspectives on Dresden and the problems of modern Elegy Professor Karen Leeder delivers the inaugural Schwarz-Taylor Lecture Karen Leeder 17 Oct 2022
6 Book at Lunchtime: Porcelain - Poem on the Downfall of my City TORCH Book at Lunchtime webinar on Porcelain: Poem on the Downfall of my City by Durs Grünbein, translated by Professor Karen Leeder. Durs Grünbein, Karen Leeder, Edmund de Vaal, Patrick Major 25 Jun 2021
5 Book at Lunchtime: Sophocles – Antigone and other tragedies TORCH Book at Lunchtime event on Sophocles: Antigone and other tragedies by Professor Oliver Taplin. With panellists Professor Karen Leeder and Dr Lucy Jackson. Oliver Taplin, Karen Leeder, Lucy Jackson, Wes Williams 01 Mar 2021
4 Live Event: Voices from the Wings: Poetry, Performance and Translation on and off the page TORCH Goes Digital! presents a series of weekly live events Big Tent - Live Events! Translation Week Part of the Humanities Cultural Programme, one of the founding stones for the future Stephen A. Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities. Ulrike Almut Sandig, Karen Leeder 13 Oct 2020
3 Reading in German Excerpts from a reading in May 2016 at the Taylor Institution, University of Oxford, with Karen Leeder, Ulrike Draesner, and Ulrike Almut Sandig. Karen Leeder, Ulrike Draesner, Ulrike Almut Sandig 05 Dec 2016
2 Rereading East Germany A Book at Lunchtime discussion tracing the cultural legacy of the GDR with Karen Leeder, Dennis Tate, Sara Jones, Marc Silberman and Tom Smith Karen Leeder, Dennis Tate, Sara Jones, Marc Silberman 05 May 2016
1 Rubble Flora: Volker Braun Poetry Reading The German poet gives a special reading of old and new work and answers questions with David Constantine and Karen Leeder. Volker Braun, David Constantine, Karen Leeder 20 May 2015