Course Information
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600006637

Programme of Study: 2018-2019

Registered students: 25
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective CoursesWinter/Spring-6

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodSpring
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
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
• Understanding of the conditions and developments that formed the novel as a modern literary genre and differentiated it from previous forms of prose fiction • Familiarization of students with the main characteristics of the eighteenth-century novel • Acquaintance with the work of important representatives of the eighteenth-century novelistic tradition
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • 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 examines the emergence of the novel as a literary genre in the eighteenth century. It places the novel within the changing landscape of the period that fostered its development, and explores the ways in which this new form of writing was shaped by, and in turn reflected and responded to alterations in the texture of society and economy (the rise of the middle class), transformations in philosophical thought (empiricism, perception, and human nature), and changes in the means of literary production and dissemination (the rise of print culture and literacy). Textual analysis focuses on works by canonical writers such as Daniel Defoe, Samuel Richardson, Henry Fielding, and Laurence Sterne in an attempt to provide a comprehensive overview of the diverse representatives of the prolific novelistic production of the eighteenth century. These examples offer fertile ground for a discussion of the formal characteristics of the novel, of the themes and concerns it addressed, and of the various subgenres that eighteenth-century novelists explored (e.g. the epistolary novel, the novel of sentiment, satire and parody). Classes come to a close with a brief consideration of the place of female novelists in the eighteenth-century literary production, and a discussion on the legacies and afterlives of the eighteenth-century which foregrounds the impact of the era on the subsequent development of the novel, and the ways in which contemporary fiction returns to and re-imagines this formative period of the genre.
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Course Organization
Reading Assigment351.4
Written assigments200.8
Artistic creation100.4
Student Assessment
Assessment Methods • Final exam (100%) OR • Final exam (60%) and research paper of about 3000 words (40%) OR • Final exam (70%) and oral presentation/creative writing project and written reflection (30%)
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
  • Report (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Ενδεικτικοί τίτλοι: • Armstrong, Nancy. Desire and Domestic Fiction: A Political History of the Novel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1987. • McKeon, Michael. “Generic Transformation and Social Change: Rethinking the Rise of the Novel.” Cultural Critique, 1 (1985): 159–181. • Richetti, John J, ed. The Cambridge Companion to the Eighteenth-Century Novel. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996. • Richter, David H. Reading the Eighteenth-Century Novel. Hoboken, NJ. Wiley Blackwell, 2017. 1-33. • Spacks, Patricia Meyer. Novel Beginnings: Experiments in Eighteenth-Century English Fiction. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006. • Watt, Ian. The Rise of the Novel: Studies in Defoe, Richardson and Fielding. London: Chatto & Windus, 1963.
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