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, Salman Rushdie, Mark Z. Danielewski, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, and Alain Mabanckou. Grades are based on regular participation, a formal oral presentation, two papers, and a written final.