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

Programme of Study: 2018-2019

Registered students: 41
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective CoursesWinter/Spring-6

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Background
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 Richard Ellison, Vladimir Nabokov, Jack Kerouac, Kurt Vonnegut, Raymond Carver, Leslie Marmon Silko, Art Spiegelman, Annie Proulx, Jamaica Kincaid, Chuck Palahnuik, , covering the period between 1945-2000.
postmodern theory, fiction, graphic novels, race, gender, ethnic identity, experimental narratives
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: Bilton, Alan. An Introduction to Contemporary American Fiction. Edinburg UP, 2002. Geis, Deborah R. Considering Maus : approaches to Art Spiegelman's "Survivors Tale" of the Holocaust. U of Alabama P, 2007 Jaskoski, Helen. Leslie Marmon Silko: A Study of the Short Fiction. Twayne Publishers, 1998. Kirk, Nesset. The Stories of Raymond Carver: A Critical Study. Ohio UP, 1995. Klinkowitz, Jerome. The Vonnegut Effect. U of South Carolina P, 2004. Lardas, John. The bop apocalypse : the religious visions of Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Burroughs. U of Illinois P, c2001. Lasch, Christopher. The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations. Norton, 1979. McHale, Brian. Postmodernist Fiction. Methuen, 1987. O’ Meally, Robert G. New Essays on Invisible Man. CUP, 1988. Paravisini-Gebert, Lizabeth. Jamaica Kincaid: A Critical Companion. Greenwood Press, 1999. Pifer, Ellen. Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita : a casebook. OUP, 2003. Porter, Joy, and Kenneth M. Roemer. The Cambridge Companion to Native American Literature. Cambridge University Press, 2005. Prosser, Jay. American Fiction of the 1990s: Reflections of History and Culture. Routledge, 2008. Showalter, Elaine. A jury of her peers : American women writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx. Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.
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