Course Information
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600007091

Programme of Study: 2018-2019

Registered students: 3
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
  • Distance learning
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
Νο prerequisite is required for Lit 7-348.
Learning Outcomes
In particular, students will: •Focus on the close textual analysis and discussion of short stories, novels and hypertexts as well as on the commentary of various theoretical essays dealing with the postmodern condition or postmodern writing •Familiarize themselves with various postmodern writing practices, experimentation and non-linear textuality •Get informed about the various socio-cultural trends and the political context that formulates the writing style of each one of the writers 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 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 key contemporary American fiction writers, such as Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, John Updike, Norman Mailer, William Gibson, Leslie Marmon Silko, Annie Proulx, Richard Yates, Art Spiegelman and so on, covering the period between 1945-2000.
postomodern theory, fiction writing, graphic novels, experimental writing
Educational Material Types
  • Multimedia
  • 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
-Online material made available via the American Studies Resource Portal ( 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. - The course can be examined online via the elearning platform (recommended method: Quiz with open ended questions).
Course Organization
Reading Assigment100.4
Written assigments100.4
Student Assessment
a.Final written examination (Compulsory) OR b.Final written examination & In-class presentations followed by a written report. Score: 10% (presentation) and 10 % (report). OR c. Two essays (2,000 words each) plus final written exam (essays 20%x2=40% and written exam 60%)
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
Βασικό σύγγραμμα: Levine, Robert S., editor. The Norton Anthology of American Literature since 1945. Vol. E. 9th Ed (2017). Επιπλέον δευτερογενείς πηγές: Bradbury, Malcolm. Contemporary American Fiction. London ; Baltimore, Md., U.S.A. : E. Arnold, 1987. Bradbury, Malcolm. The Modern American Novel. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1984. Bradbury, Malcolm and Howard Temperley, eds. Introduction to American Studies. London ; New York : Longman, 1998. Braudy, Leo. Norman Mailer: A Collection of Critical Essays. Englewood Cliffs, N.J., Prentice-Hall, 1972. Ilana, Snyder, and Michael Joyce, eds. Page to Screen: Taking Literacy to the Electronic Era. London and New York: Routledge, 1998. Jackson, Kenneth T. Crabgram Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States. New York; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1987. Kirk, Nesset. The Stories of Raymond Carver: A Critical Study. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 1995. Landow, George P. Hyper/text/theory. Baltimore; London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994. Lasch, Christopher. The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations New York: Norton, 1979. Mailer, Norman. An American Dream. New York: Dial Press, 1965. McHale, Brian. Postmodernist Fiction. New York: Methuen, 1987. Milbauer, Asher Z. Reading Philip Roth. Basingstoke : Macmillan, 1988. Klinkowitz, Jerome. Literary Disruptions: The Making of a Post-contemporary American Fiction Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1980. Parrish, Timothy. The Cambridge Companion to Philip Roth. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. Porter, Joy, and Kenneth M. Roemer. The Cambridge Companion to Native American Literature Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005. Roth, Philip. Reading Myself and Others. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1975. Spiegelman, Art. Maus II: A Survivor’s Tale: and Here My Troubles Began. New York: Pantheon, 1991. ---. Maus: A Survivor’s Tale. New York: Pantheon Books, 1986. Thompson, Hunter S. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Other American Stories. New York: Modern Library, 1998. Yates, Richard. Revolutionary Road. New York: Vintage Books, 2007. Wolk, Douglas. Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What they Mean. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 2007.
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