At the bottom of this page are possible topics for the article that you will contribute to this wiki. To claim one of the topics as your own, simply put your name in [square brackets] next to it. Only one person can claim each topic, and each student must claim one topic by Thursday, February 8 at the latest (earlier "claims" are encouraged). Once you have chosen your topic, you and I will work together on a plan for drafting your article. But here are a few general “dos and don’ts” for preparing your articles:
  • Choose a topic that feels manageable for you based on the reading and writing you have done in German so far. I'm happy to discuss potential topics with you before you make a final decision.
  • Keep your topic in mind, making notes about it, as you read each chapter of Kafka's novel.
  • Use your topic as the name of the wiki page you create.
  • Structure your entry around multiple paragraphs that are broken up logically.
  • Quote from the novel.
  • Assume that readers of the wiki are your peers: advanced undergraduate students who have some familiarity with German literature but little expertise in secondary literature, biography, cultural context, etc. So your task is to illuminate their reading of Kafka by providing analyses of the people, places, things, and concepts that make up his work.
  • Include images and other media whenever appropriate. Be sure to caption each image (giving credit for it if it is not your own) and otherwise contextualize it.
  • Link to each other’s entries and to external web sites whenever appropriate.
  • Proofread your entry before you publish it, which includes running it through a German spell check.
  • Base your entry on something that’s already been written, whether on Wikipedia or elsewhere. In other words, DON’T begin by doing a Google search for your term. Instead, write your own entry, from scratch, in your own words, with a focus on the novel we are reading (not general information). It shouldn't be absolutely necessary to do external research, but if you feel you need to, be sure to paraphrase and cite any sources you use.
  • Edit someone else’s entry once it’s been published. Wikis are collaborative, but we need to respect each other’s work – especially since, in this case, it will be graded. If you’d like to suggest something to the author of an entry, please use the “Discussion” function within Wikispaces (at the bottom of each page).

mögliche Themen für Ihren Artikel:
Wählen Sie nur ein Thema aus. Für jedes Thema gibt es nur eine Person, die darüber schreibt. Beanspruchen Sie ein Thema für sich, indem Sie Ihren Namen in [Klammern] schreiben neben dem Thema.

eine Figur beschreiben, ihre Geschichte nacherzählen, die Figur vielleicht interpretieren
die Wächter Franz und Willem
Frau Grubach und Fräulein Bürstner [Rachael Ciancarelli]
die Waschfrau
der Onkel [Vera Pertsovskaya]
der Advokat Huld
das Dienstmädchen Leni
der Maler Titorelli
Kaufmann Block
der Geistliche
der Mann vom Lande

einen Schauplatz beschreiben, seine Geschichte nacherzählen, den Schauplatz vielleicht interpretieren
das Zimmer von Josef K bzw. das Haus [Stephen Livshits]
die Bank und ihre Rumpelkammer
die Gerichtskanzleien
Hulds Wohnung
Titorellis Atelier
der Dom

ein Kapitel zusammenfassen und vielleicht interpretieren
Verhaftung [James Borruso]
Gespräch mit Frau Grubach/Dann Fräulein Bürstner [Vanessa Mira]
Erste Untersuchung [Far Hussain]
Im leeren Sitzungssaal/Der Student/Die Kanzleien
Der Prügler
Der Onkel/Leni
Kaufmann Block/Kündigung des Advokaten
Im Dom [Andrew Gerstenberger]

ein Konzept im Roman zusammenfassen und vielleicht interpretieren
die Uhrzeit [Aidin Murtha]
die Gewalt [Anna Rafalovich]
"fremde Hilfe"
die Kleider