The Twentieth Century: Tradition & Change M. Calinescu 1:00-2:15 TR BH 235 *Carries AHLA Credit The course will survey, from the point of view of the conflict between tradition and innovation, some of the major developments of Western literature in our century. The main historical focus will be on problems of literary modernism, to be presented within the context of such movements as late realism/naturalism, symbolism, futurism, expressionism, dadaism, surrealism, the "theater of the absurd," the "noveau roman," and various recent trends that are covered by such labels as "magical realism" and postmodernism. The main theoretical focus will be on ways of reading/writing (questions of intertextuality, narrative and stylistic patterns, rhetoric and literary interpretation). Among the readings will be works by L. Tolstoy, Anton Chekhov, Edith Wharton, Joseph Conrad, James Joyce, Virginia Wolf, Franz Kafka, and others. Textbooks: 1. Ann Charters, The Story and Its Writer, Fourth Edition (Boston: Bedford books of St. Martin's Press, 1995). 2. Jerome Beaty, The Norton Introduction to the Short Novel, Second Edition (New York: W.W. Norton, 1987). {or fourth edition, 1999, if available}