Topics in Early Modern Literature and Culture

Course Information
TitleΘέματα στην Πρώιμη Σύγχρονη Λογοτεχνία και Κουλτούρα / Topics in Early Modern Literature and Culture
CodeΛογ 516
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600004078


Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Anglikés kai Amerikanikés SpoudésElective CoursesWinter/Spring-10

Class Information
Academic Year2016 – 2017
Class PeriodSpring
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)
General Prerequisites
Fluency in English at all levels, oral and written
Learning Outcomes
Upon a successful completion of the course, students will: 1. be able to draw comparisons between modern and early modern culture. 2. have gained a view of the early modern period that is not easily accessible through the reading of history books alone. 3. have acquired an understanding of the role of culturally transitional periods, like that of the Renaissance. 4. have become sufficiently familiar with the field of early modern literature to be able to conduct research in it.
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • 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 is a course devoted to the literature and culture of the period that extends approximately from the end of the 15th C, when the political state is constituted and gradually consolidated by the Tudor monarchy to the end of the 17th century, when England has established itself as a colonial and commercial power. Considering this period as a seminal one (culturally, socially and politically) for our modern period, the course aims to focus on aspects of early modern culture that connect the great public events, like the English Civil War in mid-17th Century, with the small private acts, like the writing of an autobiography. In this way it will illuminate from the inside the processes of social and literary formations that constituted the basis of our modern society and culture. Examples of topics that this course may host include: 1.Forms and strategies of domination and resistance in early-modern literature and culture, 2.Τhe impact of Renaissance humanism on private lives, 3.The politics of Christian humanism in Spenser and Milton 4.Neoplatonism and Petrarchism as disciplinary discourses 5.Religion and literature in the 17th century, 6.Colonization in early 17th century literature, 7.Public and private literature, 8.Early-modern autobiography and concepts of the self.
Early modern literature, Renaissance, sixteenth-century litearture, seventeenth-century literature
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment782.8
Written assigments1585.7
Student Assessment
Students are evaluated on the basis of their in-class oral presentations, their weekly written reports, and a final research paper in a relevant area of their choice. In this final paper they are expected to demonstrate their ability to understand, evaluate and apply key concepts that have been discussed during the semester. The criteria applied by the instructor in evaluating the students' oral and written work include: (a) the correct and fluent use of English on an academic level, (b) the degree of originality of his/her ideas in relation to the bibliography cited, (c) the ability of the student to address a specific audience (d) the ability of the student to distinguish between related ideas and disagreements among scholars, and (e) to take a position with the necessary documentation. The student's final grade is calculated on the basis of the following percentages: 1. In-class oral presentations and weekly written reports: 40% 2. Final research paper: 60%
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
  • Report (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Η Βιβλιογραφία αλλάζει, σύμφωνα με το συγκεκριμένο θέμα και περιεχόμενο μαθήματος που επιλέγεται από τον διάσκοντα/ τη διδάσκουσα κάθε φορά που προσφέρεται το μάθημα.
Additional bibliography for study
The bibliography changes, depending on the specific topic and course content chosen by the instructor each time that the course is offered.
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