Course Information
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600006634

Programme of Study: 2018-2019

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective CoursesWinter/Spring-6

Class Information
Academic Year2016 – 2017
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the module students are expected to have read and thought about •the epistemological question at the heart of Modernism (how texts represent the world) •the ideological significance of its textual experimentations, especially modernist fiction’s relationship with the early twentieth-century discourses of imperialism, gender and race •the limits of the modernist canon and the changing character of modernism’s own literary identity
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Design and manage projects
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
This module introduces students to the narrative strategies with the help of which modernist novels undermine the ideas of writing and reading as established by classic Realism. Focusing on novels by Joseph Conrad, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf and Jean Rhys, the module raises questions, in particular, about the politics of modernist experimentation. To that end, it engages with critiques and defenses of modernism’s ideological positions by reading closely theoretical texts by Woolf, Georg Lukacs and Bertolt Brecht.
modernism, modernity, textual experimentation, aesthetics, imperialism, women's writing
Educational Material Types
  • Multimedia
  • Interactive excersises
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
I use power point presentations for teaching. I also use Blackboard to set up interactive exercises in a virtual environment and to communicate with students.
Course Organization
Interactive Teaching in Information Center30.1
Written assigments391.6
Student Assessment
Evaluation is by presentation, home-essay and final exam (optional), or by final exam only.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Roland Barthes. “The Eiffel Tower”. The Eiffel Tower and Other Mythologies. Trans. Richard Howard. New York: Farrar, Straus and Ciroux Inc., 1977. Martin Jay. “Scopic regimes of modernity”. Modernity and Identity. Ed. Scott Lash and Jonathan Friedman. Oxford: Blackwell, 1992. Joseph Conrad. Heart of Darkness. The Norton Anthology of English Literature. New York and London: W.W. Norton and Company, 1993. Edward Said. Extract from Orientalism: A Critical and Cultural Theory Reader. Ed. Antony Easthope and Kate McGawan. James Joyce. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Ed. R. B. Kershner. Boston: Bedford Books of St Martin’s Press, 1993 (first edition 1916). Virginia Woolf. “Modern Fiction”. Collected Essays, Vol. 1. Ed. Leonard Woolf. London: Chatto and Windus, 1966 (PR6045 072A16). Virginia Woolf. To the Lighthouse. London: Penguin Books, 1966 (first edition 1927). Georg Lukacs. “The ideology of modernism”. 20th-Century Literary Criticism: A Reader. Ed. David Lodge. London and New York: Longman, 1972 (PN94.L6). Bertolt Brecht. “The modern theatre is the epic theatre”. Brecht on Theatre: The Development of an Aesthetic. London: Methuen, 1974.
Additional bibliography for study
Modernism/Modernity - Armstrong, Tim. Modernism: A Cultural History. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2005. (PS228.M63A76) - Bradbury, Malcolm and James McFarlane, eds. Modernism: A Guide to European Literature 1890-1930. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1991. (see especially chapters 1, 2 and 6) (PN56.M54M6) - Brooker, Peter, ed. Modernism/Postmodernism. London and New York: Longman, 1992. (PN771.M6175) - Butler, Christopher. Early Modernism: Literature, Music and Painting in Europe 1900-1916. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1994. (focus on the relationship between modernist literature and art) (NX542.B88) - DeKoven, Marianne. “The Politics of Modernist Form”. New Literary History 23.3 (summer 1992): 675-90. (a must) (*) - Hayman, David. Re-forming the Narrative: Towards a Mechanics of Modernist Fiction. Ithaca: Cornell U P, 1987. (PN3383.N35H38) - Kolocotroni, Vassiliki, Jane Goldman and Olga Taxidou, eds. Modernism: an Anthology of Sources and Documents. Edinburgh: Edinburgh U P, 1998. (an excellent reader, which makes available excerpts from seminal texts on the emergence of modernism, its aesthetics, its formulations and its manifestos) - Levenson, Michael, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Modernism. New York: Cambridge U P, 1999. (see especially Michael Bell’s “The Metaphysics of Modernism”: accessible and useful / David Trotter’s “The Modernist Novel”: a useful and brief account of modernist novel writing) (PN56.M54C36) - Nicholls, Peter. Modernisms: A Literary Guide. London: Macmillan, 1995. (PN56.M54N53) - Stevenson, Randall. Modernist Fiction. New York: Prentice Hall, 1997. (PR888.M63S74) Modernism, Empire and Joseph Conrad - Achebe, Chinua, “An image of Africa: racism in Conrad’s Heart of Darkness”. Postcolonial Criticism. Bart Moore-Gilbert, Gareth Stanton and Willy Malley, eds. London and New York: Longman 1997. (*) - Booth, J. Howard and Nigel Rigby, eds. Modernism and Empire. Manchester: Manchester UP, 2000. - Goonetillke, D.C.R.A. “Ironies of Progress: Joseph Conrad and Imperialism in Africa”. Literature and Imperialism. Robert Giddings, ed. London: Macmillian, 1991. (*) - Cox, C.B. Joseph Conrad. The Modern Imagination. London: Rowman and Littlefield, 1974. (PR6005.04266) - Jameson, Fredric. “Modernism and Imperialism”. Nationalism, Colonialism and Literature. Terry Eagleton, Fredric Jameson, Edward Said. London and Minneaplois: U of Minnesota P, 1990. (PR8753.N38) - Jordan, Glenn and Chris Weedon. Cultural Politics: Class, Gender, Race and the Postmodern World. Oxford: Blackwell, 1995. (see especially “Primitives, Politics and the Avant-garde: Modern Art and its Others”, pp. 315-94 and “Dialogues: Race and the Cultural Politics of the Avant-garde”, pp. 395-431) (NX180.S6.J66) - Kabbani, Rana. Imperial Fictions: Europe’s Myths of the Orient. London: Pandora, 1994. (accesible account of the myths of the West has constructed about the East over the centuries) (DS35.7KJ2) - North, Michael. The Dialect of Modernism: Race, Language, and Twentieth-Century Literature. New York: Oxford U P, 1994 (PS153.N5N67) - Stape, J.H. The Cambridge Companion to Joseph Conrad. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2004. (PR6005.O4Z569) James Joyce - Attridge, Derek, ed. The Cambridge Companion to James Joyce. Cambridge: Cambridge U P, 1990. (PR6019.09Z52637) - Attridge, Derek, Post-Structuralist Joyce: Essays from the French. Cambridge, Cambridge U P, 1984. (PR6019.09Z78234) - Beja Morris, ed. James Joyce: Dubliners and a Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, a Casebook. London: Macmillan; 1973. (PR6019.09P6433) - Cheng, Vincent J. and Timothy Martin, eds. Joyce in Context. Cambridge, Cambridge U P, 1992 (PR6019.09Z6647) - Henke, Suzette A. James Joyce and the Politics of Desire. New York and London: Routledge, 1990. (PR6019.09Z5815) Women and Modernism - Benstock, Shari. Women of the Left Bank. London: Virago Press, 1986. (PS151.B46) - Gilbert, Sandra and Susan Gubar, No Man’s Land: The Place of the Woman Writer in the Twentieth Century. New Haven: Yale U P, 1988 (see especially chapter 3: “Tradition and the Female Talent: Modernism and Masculinism”) (PR116.G54) - Hanscombe, Gillian and Virginia L. Smyers. Writing for their Lives: The Modernist Women, 1910-1940. London: The Women’s Press, 1987. (PR478.M6H36) - Linett, Maren Tova, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Modernist Women Writers. Cambridge UP, 2010. (PN56.M54C365) - Scott, Bonnie Kime, ed. The Gender of Modernism: A Critical Anthology. Bloomington: Indiana U P, 1990. (a useful general introduction and information on individual women writers) - Trodd, Anthea. “Women in Early Twentieth Century Culture”. Women Writing in English: Britain 1900-1945. London and New York, Longman, 1988. (*) Virginia Woolf - Abel, Elizabeth. Virgina Woolf and the Fiction of Psychoanalysis. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1989. (PR6045.07Z25534) - Caughie, Pamela, ed. Virginia Woolf in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. New York: Garland Publications, 2000. (PR6045.072Z89233) - Da Silva, N. Takei. Modernism and Virginia Woolf. Windsor: Windsor Publications, 1990. (PR6045.072Z584) - DiBattista, Maria. Virginia Woolf’s Major Novels: the Fables of Anon. New Haven: Yale U P, 1980. (PR6045.072Z2615) - Marcus, Jane. Virginia Woolf and the Languages of Patriarchy. Bloomington: Indiana U P, 1987. (PR6045.07Z299) - Roe, Sue and Susan Sellers. The Cambridge Companion to Virginia Woolf. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2000. (PR6045.O72Z5655)
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