TOPICS IN AMERICAN LITERATURE I: CONTEMPORARY GOTHIC TRANSFORMATIONS

Course Information
TitleΘΕΜΑΤΑ ΑΜΕΡΙΚΑΝΙΚΗΣ ΛΟΓΟΤΕΧΝΙΑΣ Ι: ΣΥΓΧΡΟΝΕΣ ΓΟΤΘΙΚΕΣ ΜΕΤΑΜΟΡΦΩΣΕΙΣ / TOPICS IN AMERICAN LITERATURE I: CONTEMPORARY GOTHIC TRANSFORMATIONS
CodeΛογ7-437
FacultyPhilosophy
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CommonNo
StatusActive
Course ID600008099

Programme of Study: 2018-2019

Registered students: 2
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective CoursesWinter/Spring-6

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
600131919
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Erasmus
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the term students will have acquired: •a basic knowledge of the fantastic poetics in general and •of the distinct American characteristics developed during the last three centuries.
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course focuses on contemporary variations of the gothic that span from mid-twentieth to the twenty-first century as well as on its intersection with postmodern theory. It actually concentrates on the examination of diverse material through the study of certain key American authors such as Cormac McCarthy, William Gibson, Stephen King, Toni Morrison, Suzanne Collins and others. Attention here will be paid to the multi-dimensionality of the gothic when conversing with notions such as race, spatiality, apocalypse, technology, memory, otherness, adolescence and other.
Keywords
horror, terror, gothic, postmodernism, doppleganger, other, uncanny, ontology/epistemology
Educational Material Types
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Description
Online material made available via the American Studies Resource Portal as well as documentaries/interviews via youtube. As regards communication with the students, this is always carried out via email or the online posting of various announcements. The elearning platform is used for the uploading of all course material as well as for the submission of the student essays.
Course Organization
ActivitiesWorkloadECTSIndividualTeamworkErasmus
Lectures1174.7
Reading Assigment100.4
Project100.4
Written assigments100.4
Exams30.1
Total1506
Student Assessment
Description
Assessment: 1.Final examination OR 2.Final examination and library project in 4-member groups plus a report (per group member) after consultation with the tutor. 3.Completion of essays (2,000 words each) without taking the final examination.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
  • Report (Formative, Summative)
Bibliography
Additional bibliography for study
Booker, M. Keith. The Dystopian Impulse in Modern Literature: Fiction as Social Criticism. Westport Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1994. Botting, Fred. Gothic. London and New York: Routledge, 1996. Castillo Street, Susan,, Crow, Charles L. The Palgrave handbook of the Southern Gothic. London: Springer Nature 2016. Edwards, Justin D., and Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet. The Gothic in Contemporary Literature and Popular Culture: Pop Goth. New York: Routledge, 2012. Gibson, William. Neuromancer. New York: Ace Books, 1984. Hogle, Jerrold E. The Cambridge Companion to the Modern Gothic. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. King, Stephen. Stephen King Goes to the Movies. London : Hodder & Stoughton, 2009. Lloyd-Smith, Allan. American Gothic Fiction: An Introduction. London and New York: Continuum, 2004. McCarthy, Cormac. The Road. New York: Vintage International, 2007. Morrison, Toni. Beloved: A Novel. New York: Vintage International, 2004. Plasa, Carl. Beloved: Toni Morrison. Cambridge: Icon Books, 2000. Punter, David, ed. A New Companion to the Gothic. Hoboken, NJ Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. Rapatzikou, Tatiani G. Gothic Motifs in the Fiction of William Gibson. Amsterdam and New York, Rodopi Editions, 2004. Reyes-Conner, Marc Cameron. The Aesthetics of Toni Morrison: Speaking the Unspeakable. Jackson: University of Mississippi, 2000. Sage, Victor, and Allan Lloyd-Smith. Modern Gothic: A Reader. Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 1996. Silko, Leslie Marmon. Ceremony. New York: Penguin Books, 1986. Spooner, Catherine. The Routledge Companion to Gothic. London and New York: Routledge, 2007. Wisker, Gina. Horror Fiction: An Introduction. London and New York: Continuum Editions, 2005.
Last Update
14-11-2020