Course Information
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600008029

Programme of Study: 2018-2019

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory CourseWinter/Spring-6

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
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
There are not prerequisites for Lit 7-271.
Learning Outcomes
- Students will practice reading closely literary texts, films, speeches, newspaper clippings - Will gain knowledge of certain key historical, social and political events that influenced American literary and cultural production - Will re-evaluate and re-assess certain important notions on the basis of the themes examined in class (race, gender etc.) and other socio-political developments.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
This interdisciplinary course will set to explore some central themes and concepts that define American literature and culture from 1914 till the present day by shedding light on certain historical and political facts. Topics to be studied include: Land/Immigration, Native Americans, Gender, Urbanism, Technology, Race/African Americans, Politics, Ecology, 9/11 etc. Texts: literary and cultural texts (speeches, songs, poems, essays, lyrics); films and photographs.
literature, culture, politics, history, environment (urban and natural), race, gender, technology
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 or via elearninh. -The elearning platform is used for the uploading of all course material as well as for the submission of the student essays. - The course was examined online for the first time in June and September 2020 via the elearning platform (recommended method: Quiz with open ended questions).
Course Organization
Reading Assigment100.4
Student Assessment
a.Final examination. OR b.Final examination and in-class presentations plus a report on any of the texts to be studied after consultation with the tutor. Score: 10-20%. OR c.Final examination and project in 4-member groups (including a report per group member) after consultation with the tutor. Score: 10-20%.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
  • Report (Formative)
Additional bibliography for study
Επιλογή υλικό από τα παρακάτω βασικά συγγράμματα: Gustafson, Sandra M. The Norton Anthology of American Literature 1865-1914. Vol. C. 9th Ed (2017). Loeffelholz, Mary, editor. The Norton Anthology of American Literature 1914-1945. Vol. D. 9th Ed (2017). Levine, Robert S., editor. The Norton Anthology of American Literature since 1945. Vol. E. 9th Ed (2017). Temperley, Howard, and Christopher Bigsby. A New Introduction to American Studies (2006) ebook. Επιπλέον δευτερογενείς πηγές: Anzaldua, Gloria. Bordelands: the new mestizo = La frontera (1987). Barker, Chris. Television, Globalization and Cultural Identities (1999). Bennett, Andy. Cultures of Popular Music (2001). Bloom, Harold. Black American Women Poets and Dramatists (1996). Bradbury, Malcolm, and Howard Temperley. Introduction to American Studies (1998). Breidlid, Anders, et. Al. American Culture: An Anthology of Civilization Texts (2004). Castillo-Speed, Lillian. Latina: Women’s Voices from the Borderlands (1995). Clark, Michael. Dos Passo’s Early Fiction 1912-1938 (1987). Dos Passos, John. Manhattan Transfer (1925 and 1953). Garofalo, Reebee. Rockin’ Out: Popular Music in the USA (2008). Holmes, Su. Understanding Reality Television (2004). Jarab, Josef, et al. America in the Course of Human Events (2006). Ruland, Richard and Malcolm Bradbury. From Puritanism to Postmodernism (1991). Hodges, Adam, and Chad Nilep. Discourse, War and Terrorism (2007). Klinkowitz, Jerome. The Vonnegut Effect (2004). Lange, Dorothea. An American Exodus: A Record of Human Erosion in the Thirties (1969). Leak, Jeffrey. Racial Myths and Masculinity in African American Literature (2005). Lee, Martyn J. The Consumer Society Reader (2000). Lentricchia, Frank. New Essays on the White Noise (1991). Markey, Janice. A New Tradition? The Poetry of Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, and Adrienne Rich (1988). Nabokov, Peter. Native American Testimony: A Chronicle of Indian-White Relations from Prophecy to the Present 1492-2000 (1999). O’ Brien, Sharon. Willa Cather: the Emerging Voice (1987). Olster, Stacey Michele. The Cambridge Companion to John Updike (2006). Porter, Joy. The Cambridge Companion to Native American Literature (2005). Scully, Vincent. American Architecture and Urbanism (1988). Temperley, Howard, and Christopher Bigsby. A New Introduction to American Studies (2006). Updike, John. Terrorist (2006).
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