This course examines the development of postmodernism as an artistic style and a cultural epoch across a range of genres, including fiction, poetry, drama, film, and the graphic novel. What is the history of the concept of the postmodern? How is postmodernism related to modernism, realism, science fiction, and magic realism? What are the social determinants -- racial, gendered, economic, and geopolitical -- of postmodernism? What, if anything, comes after postmodernism? Artists we will study might include Samuel Beckett, Gertrude Stein, Vladamir Nabokov, Jorge Luis Borges, William S. Burroughs, Ishmael Reed, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Kathy Acker, David Foster Wallace, Lydia Davis, and Alison Bechdel. Grades are based on regular participation, a formal oral presentation, two papers, and a written final.