•Discuss excerpts from primary works from English and/or American literary production.
•Identify literary structures.
•Gain confidence in reading and interpreting theoretical essays.
•Detect their argumentative and writing strategies.
•Recognize the broader socio-cultural context these texts emerge from with reference to particular events (historical, political, racial, technological, environmental, gender).
• Enhance presentation and communication skills by engaging in oral and writing activities.
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course will focus on major literary movements and theoretical trends that cover the period between 1914 to the present day. In particular, it will start with an exploration of the Modernist movement and will move on with the postmodern condition and the theoretical trends that have spanned from it (such as deconstruction, post-colonialism, second and third wave feminism, post humanism, ecocriticism, digital humanities). All these will be approached thematically, since the texts to be studied (primary sources and theoretical essays) will be examined in conjunction with certain historical, socio-cultural, political, environmental and technological events and currents. Students will be encouraged to participate in online discussions in addition to delivering presentations, writing reports and essays.
Additional bibliography for study
Barthes, Roland. Image Music Text. London: Fontana Press, 1977.
Baudrillard, Jean. Simulacra and Simulation. 1981. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1994.
Berry, David, ed. Understanding Digital Humanities. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
Garrard, Greg. Ecocriticism. London and New York: Routledge, 2004.
Hayles, N. Katherine. Electronic Literature: New Horizons for the Literary. Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame, 2008.
McLuhan Marshall. Understanding Media. 1964. London: Routledge, 2005.
McHale, Brian. Postmodernist Fiction.New York: Methuen, 1987.
Jameson, Fredric. Postmodernism, or The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism. Durham: Duke University Press, 1991.