Course Information
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600007965

Programme of Study: 2018-2019

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

Class Information
Academic Year2016 – 2017
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Type of the Course
  • Scientific Area
Course Category
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)
General Prerequisites
There are no particular course prerequisites for this course. However, the course is only open to third and forth year undergraduate students.
Learning Outcomes
Students at the end of this course will be able -to make use of cross-disciplinary cutting edge narrative practice -to gain the narrative competence needed so as to read closely, write reflectively, and respond effectively across disciplines -to pair arts and literature with health and human welfare -to work both with fiction and non-fiction plus filmic texts from contemporary American literary and cultural production -they will be guided to analyse and write about these texts as well as reflect upon each other’s work. Students will also engage with community health care professionals in Thessaloniki as part of their fieldwork for the course. Students will be assessed on the basis of the written work they will produce during the course under the guidance of the course instructors.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Co-taught with Catherine Rogers (Fulbright Specialist) this course by resorting to creative writing practice and perfomance encourages the understanding of various health issues via literary practice within the context of narrative medicine. The course relies on interdisciplinarity and attempts to introduce students to various delicate ethical issues in relation to human welfare and wellbeing.
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Interactive excersises
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment
Artistic Workshop
Written assigments
Artistic creation
Student Assessment
a. In-class and public presentations. Daily participation in class, reading and presentation of daily assignments. Rehearsal and public evening performance of a 3-5 minute creative writing excerpt on October 23. Score: 20% of the overall grade. b. Creative and self-reflective narrative: (1) Three to five page creative work on the topic of illness, disability and trauma: a set of poems, a short story, a one-act play, or personal life-writing/memoir to be performed as above. (2) After the performance, expand the creative work already written and also add a self-reflective narrative reaching a total of 15 pages (about 2,500 words) to be written at home and handed in just before the Christmas break. This work will be published in the online creative writing magazine ECHOES. Score: 50% of the overall grade. c. In-class and take-home journal writing activities, reading of texts, plus deadline keeping. Score: 15% of the overall grade. d. Participation in fieldwork activities: Workshop with A4M Theatre; field trips to medical professionals; films. Score: 15% of the overall grade.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
  • Report (Formative)
  • Artistic Performance (Formative)
Additional bibliography for study
Books to Consult (On Reserve) Bonney, Jo. Extreme Exposure: An Anthology of Solo Performance Texts from the Twentieth Century (2000). Casterton, Julia. Creative Writing: A Practical Guide (1986). Caruth, Cathy. Unclaimed Experience: Trauma, Narrative, and History (1996). Carver, Raymond. What We Talk About When We talk About Love: Stories (1989, c1981). Detsi-Diamanti, Zoe, Katerina Kitsi-Mitakou, and Efthymia Yiannopoulou. Bodies, Theories, Cultures in the Post-millennial Era (2009). ---. The Future of Flesh: A Cultural Survey of the Body (2009). ---. The Flesh Made Text Made Flesh: Cultural and Theoretical Returns to the Body (2007). Didion, Joan. The year of magical thinking (2005). Gates, Henry Louis, and Nellie Y. McKay. The Norton Anthology of African American Literature (2004). Holmes, Vicki L., and Margaret R. Moulton. Writing Simple Poems: Pattern Poetry for Language Acquisition (2001). Hunter, Kathryn Montgomery. Doctors' Stories: the Narrative Structure of Medical Knowledge (1991). Kramer, Larry. The Normal Heart (c1987). Kuppers, Petra. Disability and Contemporary Performance: Bodies on Edge (2004). Lorde, Audre. The Cancer Journals (1980). Mee, Charles L. History Plays (1998). Morley, David. The Cambridge Introduction to Creative Writing (2007). Mounsef, Donia, and Josette Feral. The Transparency of the Text: Contemporary Writing for the Stage (c2007). O'Brien, Tim. The Things they Carried: A Work of Fiction (1990). Osborn, M. Elizabeth. The Way We Live Now: American Plays & the AIDS Crisis (1990). Parker, Andrew. Performativity and Performance (1995). Román, David. Performance in America: Contemporary U.S. Culture and the Performing Arts (2005). Sontag, Susan. Illness as Metaphor (1983, c1978). Sturken, Marita. Tangled Memories: The Vietnam War, the AIDS Epidemic, and the Politics of Remembering (c1997). Wharton, Edith. The Writing of Fiction (1997). Wilcox, Helen. The Body and the Text: Helene Cixous, Reading and Teaching (1990). Williams, William Carlos. The Collected Poems of William Carlos Williams (1986-1988). ---. Imaginations (c1970). ---. In the American Grain (1956). Other Books to consult: AUTH Libraries Balk, David. Handbook of Thanatology: The Essential Body of Knowledge for the Study of Death Dying and Bereavement (2007). Bernays, Anne and Pamela Painter. What if?: Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers (2004). Carson, Rachel. Silent Spring (1962). Duffin, Jacalyn. History of Medicine: A Scandalously Short Introduction (1999). Egri, Lajos. The Art of Dramatic Writing: Its Basis in the Creative Interpretation of Human Motives (2004). Gordon, Richard A. Eating Disorders: Anatomy of a Social Epidemic (2000). Horton, Andrew. Writing the Character-centered Screenplay (1994). Ingstad, Benedicte, and Susan Reynolds Whyte. Disability and Culture (1995). Kleinman, Arthur. The Illness Narratives: Suffering, Healing, and the Human Condition (1988). Mattingly, Cheryl, and Linda C. Garro. Narrative and the Cultural Construction of Illness and Healing (2000). Mee, Charles L. Δύο έργα για τον πόλεμο, War to end war (2006). Ray, Ruth E. Beyond Nostalgia: Aging and Lifestory Writing (2000). Sacks, Oliver W. An Anthropologist on Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales (1995). ---. Seeing Voices: A Journey into the World of the Deaf (1991). Sharples, Mike. How We Write: Writing as Creative Design (1999). Shay, Jonathan. Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character (1994). Vorhaus, John. Creativity Rules!: A Writer’s Workbook (2000).
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