This course will address the twentieth century as a period of exquisite political contradiction marked by movements of massive conformity, on the one hand, and experimental acts of resistance to authority, on the other. We will explore this contradiction in art, film, and literature with particular reference to World War I, World War II, the cold war, and Vietnam. Readings include works by Vera Brittain, T.S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, E.M. Forster, W.B. Yeats, William Faulkner, Beckett, Doctorow, Toni Morrison, Angela Carter, and Brian Friel. We will look at two Charlie Chaplin films and Kubrick's *Full Metal Jacket,* and we will also do *Maus* I and II. Requirements include occasional quizzes, two papers, a midterm and a final.