In the early twentieth century, Marcel Proust, Virginia Woolf, Franz Kafka, James Joyce, and other writers radically transformed our notions of the novel, and of literature. In this class, we will explore the formal and geographic extremes of literary modernism, and examine how each of these writers challenge our familiarity and comfort in fiction, and attempt to reconceive the possibilities of the literary text. This course is affiliated with the Time and Narrative Learning Collaborative (LC). Among other questions we will be considering: How do these writers transform our perception of time, and reconceptualize our understanding of memory and "lost time"?