Course Information
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600012559

Programme of Study: 2018-2019

Registered students: 3
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective CoursesWinter/Spring-6

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodSpring
Instructors from Other Categories
  • Ioannis Kanarakis
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
Upon a successful completion of the course, students will have acquired: -an understanding of contemporary British poetry and of its characteristics, -an understanding of the social, political, and cultural conditions in which contemporary British poetry is produced, -an ability to read contemporary British poetry in its original language and to interpret it critically
General Competences
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an international context
  • 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 aims to introduce students to contemporary English-language poetry in Great Britain and Ireland by tracing the most important developments, poets, texts and movements from the post-war period to the present day. After a brief overview of the contemporary poets’ most influential forebears, students will be given the opportunity to be introduced to the politically committed poetry of the 30s, the surrealist and New Romantic trends of the 40s, the “Movement” of the 50s, the “British Poetry Revival” of the 60s and the 70s, and we will conclude by considering some of the most engaging and original poetry written in Britain and Ireland the last three decades as expressed through some contemporary movements like the “Martians,” the “Poeclectics,” the “Poetry Slam,” the “New Poetry,” and the “New Generation” movement, minority poetry, performance poetry, new media, digital, experimental and twitter poetry. The emphasis of the course will be on reading and engaging with poetry first hand. The organizing principle throughout the course will, nevertheless, be the connection between poetry and innovation, form, gender, multiculturalism, minority issues, politics, nationality, performativity, spatiality, subjectivity (especially the lyric subject) and electronic writing. Some of the poets to be discussed: Ted Hughes, Philip Larkin, Seamus Heaney, Derek Mahon, Tony Harrison, Don Paterson, Carol Ann Duffy, Jacky Kay, Grace Nichols, Benjamin Zephaniah, Liz Lockhead, James Denton, Simon Armitage, Andrew Motion, etc
Poetry, Contemporary literature and culture, contemporary poetics, minorities
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Audio
  • Multimedia
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
Course Organization
Student Assessment
Students can choose either to take the end-of-semester exam which will cover the entire semester OR write an MLA-styled research paper of about 4.000 words (40%) and answer only one question in the final exam (60%). Students who opt for the essay should have some experience in the writing of research papers. The topic will be chosen individually by each student after consultation with the instructor. Papers should be handed in at appointed dates during the semester.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
  • Artistic Performance (Formative)
Additional bibliography for study
Acheson, James and Romana Huk, eds, Contemporary British Poetry: Essays in Theory and Criticism. Albany: State University of NY Press, 1996. Alvarez, A., ed. The New Poetry. Harmondsworth: Penguin 1966. Armand, Louis. Contemporary Poetics. Evanston: Northwestern UP, 2006. Astley, Neil. ed. New Blood. Newcastle: Bloodaxe, 1999. Brinton, Ian. Contemporary Poetry: Poets and Poetry since 1990. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2009. Broom, Sarah. Contemporary British and Irish Poetry: An Introduction. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2005. Caddel, R. and Peter Quartermain, eds. Other: British and Irish Poetry since 1970. Middletown: Wesleyan Up, 1999. Conquest, R., ed. New Lines. London: Macmillan, 1956. Couzyn, Jeni, ed. The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Women Poets. Newcastle: Bloodaxe, 2000. Enright, D. J., ed. The Oxford Book of Contemporary Verse 1945-1980. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1980. Horovitz, Muichael, ed. Children of Albion: Poetry of the Underground in Britain. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1970. Padley, Steve. Key Concepts in Contemporary Literature. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2006. Paterson, Don and Charles simic, eds. New British Poetry. Minneapolis: Graywolf Press, 2004. Roberts, Andrew and Jonathan Allison, eds. Poetry and Contemporary Culture. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2002. Tuma, Keith, ed. Anthology of Twentieth-Century British and Irish Poetry. New York: Oxford UP, 2001.
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