Course Information
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600006634

Programme of Study: 2018-2019

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

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
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)
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the module students are expected to have read and thought about •the epistemological question at the heart of Modernism (how texts represent the world) •the ideological significance of its textual experimentations, especially modernist fiction’s relationship with the early twentieth-century discourses of imperialism, gender and race •the limits of the modernist canon and the changing character of modernism’s own literary identity
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
  • 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 module introduces students to the narrative strategies with the help of which modernist novels undermine the ideas of writing and reading as established by classic Realism. Focusing on novels by Joseph Conrad, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf and Jean Rhys, the module raises questions, in particular, about the politics of modernist experimentation. To that end, it engages with critiques and defenses of modernism’s ideological positions by reading closely theoretical texts by Woolf, Georg Lukacs and Bertolt Brecht.
modernism, modernity, textual experimentation, aesthetics, imperialism, women's writing
Educational Material Types
  • Multimedia
  • Interactive excersises
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
I use power point presentations and audiovisual material in teaching. I also use the E-Lerarning platform to set up interactive exercises in a virtual environment for the students; to provide students with essential reading and visual material; to provide students with links to sites and online networks related to the concerns and aims of this module; to make student presentations available to the whole class; to check the students' written work for plagiarism; to communicate with students.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment50.2
Written assigments50.2
Student Assessment
Evaluation is by presentation, home-essay and final exam (optional; 50% + 50%), or by final exam only.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Modernism/Modernity - Armstrong, Tim. Modernism: A Cultural History. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2005. (PS228.M63A76) - Bradbury, Malcolm and James McFarlane, eds. Modernism: A Guide to European Literature 1890-1930. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1991. (see especially chapters 1, 2 and 6) (PN56.M54M6) - Brooker, Peter, ed. Modernism/Postmodernism. London and New York: Longman, 1992. (PN771.M6175) - Butler, Christopher. Early Modernism: Literature, Music and Painting in Europe 1900-1916. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1994. (focus on the relationship between modernist literature and art) (NX542.B88) - DeKoven, Marianne. “The Politics of Modernist Form”. New Literary History 23.3 (summer 1992): 675-90. (a must) (*) - Hayman, David. Re-forming the Narrative: Towards a Mechanics of Modernist Fiction. Ithaca: Cornell U P, 1987. (PN3383.N35H38) - Kolocotroni, Vassiliki, Jane Goldman and Olga Taxidou, eds. Modernism: an Anthology of Sources and Documents. Edinburgh: Edinburgh U P, 1998. (an excellent reader, which makes available excerpts from seminal texts on the emergence of modernism, its aesthetics, its formulations and its manifestos) - Levenson, Michael, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Modernism. New York: Cambridge U P, 1999. (see especially Michael Bell’s “The Metaphysics of Modernism”: accessible and useful / David Trotter’s “The Modernist Novel”: a useful and brief account of modernist novel writing) (PN56.M54C36) - Nicholls, Peter. Modernisms: A Literary Guide. London: Macmillan, 1995. (PN56.M54N53) - Stevenson, Randall. Modernist Fiction. New York: Prentice Hall, 1997. (PR888.M63S74)
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