Course Information
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600007245

Programme of Study: 2018-2019

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

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
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)
General Prerequisites
No other courses are required for registering for this course. In case students have already attended Lit 7-317 (American Poetry of the Early 20th-century) or Lit 7-348 (Contemporary American Fiction) will be able to delve much faster into the theoretical background of the course in question.
Learning Outcomes
Students will: •Focus on the understanding of experimental writing and the close reading of poems coming from the Beat Generation, Black Mountain Poetry, Confessional Poetry, first and second generation of the New York School of Poetry, Performance Poetry with special reference to African-American female poets, Hypertext and Electronic Poetry and so on. •Familiarize themselves with the reading of various essays written by the poets themselves and consider them within the broader context of postmodern theory •Get informed about the socio/cultural/artistic trends and the political context that influenced the formation of the writing style of each one of the poets under consideration.
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
  • 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 course focuses on the study of the most representative movements in contemporary American poetic production covering the period between 1950-present day within the broader context of postmodern theory.
postmodern theory, experimental writing, various poetic trends and poetics, race, gender
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Various online sources/material are used as these are made available via the American Studies Resource Portal (co-ordinator, co-director). As for the communication with the students, this is carried out via email communication and announcements posted on the School Website.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment
Written assigments
Artistic creation
Visiting guest poets
Student Assessment
Presentations, reports, in-class activities, final exam and/or essays.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
  • Report (Formative)
Additional bibliography for study
Ενδεικτική βιβλιογραφία: Allen, D. M. The Postmoderns: The New American Poetry Revised (1982). Beach, Christopher. Artifice & Indeterminacy: an anthology of new poetics (1998). Bernstein, Charles. Close listening: poetry and the performed word (1998). Bradbury, Malcolm and Howard Temperley, eds. Introduction to American Studies (1998). Bundtzen, Lynda K. Plath’s Incarnations: Woman and the Creative Process (1983). Charters, Ann. The Beats: Literary Bohemians in Post war America (1983). Coleman, Wanda. The Riot Inside Me: More Trials & Tremors (2005). Diggory, Terence, and Stephen Paul Willer. The Scene of my Selves: New Work on New York School Poets (2001). Foster, Edward Halsey. Understanding the Black Mountain Poets (1995). Gelpi, Albert. Denise Levertov: Selected Criticism (1993). Hyde, Lewis, ed. On the Poetry of Allen Ginsberg (1984). Kac, Eduardo. Media Poetry: An International Anthology (2007). Kane, Daniel. What is poetry: Conversations with the American Avant-garde (2003). Lehman, David. The Last Avant-Garde: The Making of the New York School of Poets (1999). Merrill, Thomas F. The Poetry of Charles Olson: A Primer (1982). Von Hallberg, Robert. American Poetry and Culture, 1945-1980 (1985). Wallace, Mark. Telling it Slant: Avant-garde Poetics of the 1990s (2002).
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