The Sons (and the Sins) of the Fathers

Thursdays, January 12–February 9, 1:30–3:00 p.m. (5 sessions)

About the Program

Explore the complex and problematic relationships Franz Kafka and Philip Roth had with their respective fathers, Hermann Kafka and Herman Roth, by reading and discussing Kafka’s Letter to his Father and Roth’s Patrimony.

Also discover Kafka’s great influence upon Roth as you examine these short and extraordinarily touching autobiographical accounts, in addition to Kafka’s short story “The Judgment.”

The instructor will e-mail students “The Judgment” to be read before the first session. Students should purchase or borrow copies of Letter to his Father and Patrimony. They should also read Letter to his Father by the second session.

Instructor: Marcia Kahan Rosenthal was an elementary school educator and curriculum developer for many years at public and private schools in Los Angeles and has taught at the adult level at Beverly Hills High School and at the Skirball. She has also been the support provider and mentor to teachers working towards their credentials at Para Los Niños Charter School in downtown Los Angeles.

“Marcia Rosenthal holds your attention from the moment she begins to speak. Her presentations represent months of study and research. She is one of the best teachers I have ever had.”—former Skirball student