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HISTORY AND LITERATURE (15th – 20th centuries)


Teaching Staff: Kokkomelis Nikos
Course Code: ΙΣΤ206
Course Type: Compulsory Elective
Course Level: Undergraduate
Course Language: Greek
Delivery method: Lectures
Semester: 6th
ECTS: 5

Short Description:

The course aims at familiarizing the students with the question of the relations between historical and literary narrative. During the semester we will examine the continuous flow of convergence and divergence between these two discourses, emphasizing the matters of truth, verification, method and narration. We will show equal interest on the history of their formation as distinct disciplines and on the efforts that have been made towards bridging the gap between them. 


Objectives - Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the semester students will be able to apprehend the fundamental notion of narrative and its importance for the study of historical and literary discourse. Through the study of the relations between these two disciplines, they will also comprehend their historical evolution and the historicity of the sources they are often invited to deal with.


Syllabus:

1st week: Introduction

2nd week: Aristotelianism and classicism. The tradition of the ars historica  

3rd week: Ancients and Moderns: the battle of the authors

4th week: 16th – 18th century. History as a non-genre

5th week: Birth of the writer and of literature

6th week: Sir Walter Scott and the historical novel

7th week: 19th century. History as a science: which narrative?

8th week: 20th century. The return of literature and the divorce with history

9th week: Sub-genres of the historical discourse: biography

10th week: Sub-genres of the historical discourse: autobiography

11th week: Holocaust literature

12th week: Contemporary Greek history and literature: Stratis Doukas and Thanasis Valtinos

13th week: Literature, history and the witnesses: Tatiana Alexievich

 


Suggested Bibliography:
  • Αριστοτέλης, Ποιητική.
  • Κικέρων, Περί του ρήτορος, ΙΙ.
  • Ivan Jablonka, Η ιστορία είναι μία σύγχρονη λογοτεχνία. Μανιφέστο για τις κοινωνικές επιστήμες, μετάφραση Ρίκα Μπενβενίστε, Αθήνα, Πόλις 2017.
  • Νίκος Καραπιδάκης, «Η πρακτική των τεκμηρίων», Τα Ιστορικά, 37, 2002, σ. 283-300 και 38, 2003, σ. 5-26.
  • Αντώνης Λιάκος, «Δοκίμιο για μία ποιητική της ιστορία», Τα Ιστορικά 31, 1999, σ. 259-290.
  • Arnaldo Momigliano, Τα κλασικά θεμέλια της σύγχρονης ιστοριογραφίας, μετ. Σ. Κατσουλάκος, Μ. Κοκολάκης, Πατάκης, Αθήνα 2006
  • Salvatore Settis, Το μέλλον του «κλασικού», μετ. Ανδρέας Γιακουμακάτος, Νεφέλη, Αθήνα 2006.
  • Τζίνα Πολίτη, Δοκίμια για το ιστορικό μυθιστόρημα. Σταθμοί στην εξέλιξη του είδους, Άγρα, Αθήνα 2004.

Teaching Methods:

3hour lectures course
Commenting on written and audiovisual sources


Evaluation Methods:

Written examination


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