Literary Geographies

Course Information
TitleΛογοτεχνικές Γεωγραφίες / Literary Geographies
CodeΛογ 580
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600004002


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)
Learning Outcomes
1. Develop a greater understanding of the broadening of the field of southern studies. 2. Develop a greater understanding of the interaction between the global and the regional. 3. Recognize the ways in which texts borrow, expand, and challenge representations from previously existing texts. 4. Acquire experience in the analysis and interpretation of texts. 5. Develop critical thinking.
General Competences
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
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
The course will examine the ways in which the regional identity of the U.S. South has shaped itself within the era of globalization. In particular, it will focus on the ways in which texts and institutions have created and contested understandings of "southernness." Looking at writing from the colonial, antebellum, Reconstruction, modern and postmodern eras, we will try to understand how representations of the U.S. South have been used to stage certain hypotheses regarding race, class, economic and political relations, and social values. After examining diverse literary genres such as the slave narrative, the plantation romance, literary adaptations of folklore and blues, the grotesque, etc. we will consider how writers in more recent decades have challenged, shifted or recapitulated earlier genres. Moreover, in foregrounding cultural similarities between the U.S. South and the global South, we will address questions of historical trauma, diasporic identity, cultural assimilation, and reconceptualize exceptionalist notions of nation and region by placing the U.S. South in a transnational perspective. Finally, we will ask what the changing genres and geographies of contemporary southern fiction reveal about the literary uses of the region today.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment782.8
Written assigments1585.7
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Davis,Thadius M. Southscapes:Geographies of Race, Region, and Literature.
Additional bibliography for study
Adams, Jessica et al. Intercultural Performance in the Caribbean and the U.S. South. Kreyling, Michael. The South That Wasn't There:Postsouthern Memory and History.
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