Department of American Literature

The Department of American Literature of the School of English at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki was established in its present form in 1987.

Its main focus is the study and research of American literature and culture. Through an array of courses ranging from Puritan writings to postmodern texts, the program explores the multiple meanings and complexities of America and its culture(s) by focusing on the examination of multiple and multivocal textualities.

The courses offered at the BA level and the projects supervised at the MA and PhD levels promote interdisciplinarity and the understanding of transantlantic and intercultural relations. They cover a range of subjects in early-, nineteenth-, twentieth, and twenty-first-century American fiction, drama, and poetry. We have particular strengths in American Modernism and Postmodernism; Ethnic Studies and Immigration; Southern Studies; Gender Studies; Popular Culture; American Film and Television; the American Avant-garde; American Gothic; Experimental Theater; African American Literature and Drama; Science Fiction; Cyberculture/Cyberpunk; Print and Digital Media.

The students familiarize themselves with the critical analysis of diverse primary and secondary texts within the context of American history, politics and culture. Courses that are jointly taught by the faculty members of the Department as well as by the Fulbright visiting scholars highlight its interactive and dynamic nature. The students are encouraged to do further research through in-class presentations, essay writing and supervised research projects. In this way, the students are guided as to how to use library resources and internet scholarship avoiding plagiarism and respecting copyright.

The Department places a strong emphasis on building a bridge of communication with the wider community through the organization of national symposia and international conferences, the publication of collective volumes in Greek and English, and participation in colloquia supported by local public libraries. The national and international profile of the Department is further enhanced by the active engagement of its members in associations, such as the Greek Theater Critics, the Hellenic Association for American Studies (HELAAS), the European Association for American Studies (EAAS), the European Early American Studies Association (EEASA), the Society for Multi-Ethnic Studies: Europe and the Americas (MESEA), the Southern Studies Forum and others.

The Department has been involved in a number of research activities and initiatives:

The graduates of the Department can follow careers in journalism, media, education, public relations, advertising, the public sector, to name a few areas or go on with postgraduate studies by either following the MA in American Literature and Culture and/or the PhD in American Literature and Culture our School offers.