ENGL346 - Twentieth Century Fiction

This course will examine a wide range of experimental fiction from a global perspective. We will answer questions such as: How does narrative transform during the twentieth century in a variety of national contexts and how do these experiments travel across borders? How do writers respond to -- and seek to move beyond -- conventional notions of literary realism? What are the possibilities and limits of experimentation in fiction? Writers we will study might include Gertrude Stein, Franz Kafka, Virginia Woolf, Jorge Luis Borges, Italo Calvino, Julio Cortázar, Doris Lessing, Philip K. Dick, Karen Tei Yamashita, Salman Rushdie, and Lydia Davis. Grades are based on regular participation, a formal oral presentation, two papers, and a written final.


Two lower-level English courses, at least one in literature; or permission of ARHU-English department.