PROGRAM IN HELLENIC STUDIES
Each of the following courses counts toward the special concentration in Hellenic Studies. For more information on the program please click here.
If you wish to register yourself as a concentrator in Hellenic Studies, please contact the Assistant to the Director of the Program, Michael Anthony Fowler.
GRKM V1102. Elementary Modern Greek II. Maria Hadjipolycarpou. 4 points. M W 12:10pm-2:00pm
Prerequisites: GRKM V1101 or the equivalent. Continuation of GRKM V1101. Introduction to modern Greek language and culture. Emphasis on speaking, writing, basic grammar, syntax, and cross-cultural analysis.
GRKM V2102. Intermediate Modern Greek II. Maria Hadjipolycarpou. 4 points. M W 10:10am-12:00pm
Prerequisites: GRKM V2012 or the equivalent. This semester we will continue to build language skills but with particular attention to speaking and writing Greek at the university level. We will focus on such topics as diaspora, history, family, ethnicity, literary tradition and gender. We will use materials from literature, historiography and literary criticism as a way to advance knowledge in Modern Greek literature and culture. In addition we will explore the diversity of Greek language as it is spoken in different regions and gain understanding of its evolution through time.
GRKM UN1212 CULTURAL DICTIONARY II. Karen Van Dyck. 1 point. F 11:10am-12:00pm
This conversation course is offered at two different levels (Elementary and Intermediate/ Advanced) and open to students in language courses or those simply wanting to keep up their Greek and dive into the Greek cultural landscape for an hour a week. Structured around key terms and concepts in Modern Greek culture, students explore the question of what culture is –Greek, Greek Diaspora, Greek-American, Balkan, European culture –, always in Greek and with an eye to the particulars. Topics range from Greek shadow puppet theater to the language question to the refugee crisis. The recurring concern is whether it is possible to construct a Cultural Dictionary and how one keeps it up-to-date and interdisciplinary.
Designed for undergraduates who want to do directed reading in a period or on a topic not covered in the curriculum.
GRKM UN3920 The World Responds to the Greeks. Dimitrios Antoniou. 3 points. M W 2:40pm-3:55pm
This course examines the way particular spaces—cultural, urban, literary—serve as sites for the production and reproduction of cultural and political imaginaries. It places particular emphasis on the themes of the polis, the city, and the nation-state as well as on spatial representations of and responses to notions of the Hellenic across time. Students will consider a wide range of texts as spaces—complex sites constituted and complicated by a multiplicity of languages—and ask: To what extent is meaning and cultural identity, sitespecific? How central is the classical past in Western imagination? How have great metropolises such as Paris, Istanbul, and New York fashioned themselves in response to the allure of the classical and the advent of modern Greece? How has Greece as a specific site shaped the study of the Cold War, dictatorships, and crisis?
CLIA GU4700 The Mediterranean in History and Anthropology. Konstantina Zanou. 3 points. M 4:10pm-6:00pm
This course will offer an overview of historical and anthropological writing on the Mediterranean from the birth of the field through the pages of Fernard Braudel’s celebrated book in the 1940s to the present day. It will trace the shifts in the ways we understand the Mediterranean by examining the sea as a malleable geographical space, which changes over time. It will explore topics such as the macro- and micro-histories of the Sea; the ‘history in’ and the ‘history of’ the Mediterranean; ‘anti-Meditterraneanism’; the revolutionary Mediterraneans; the colonial Mediterranean; the Grand Tour; the migrants in the Mediterranean; Italy in the Mediterranean, and others. Looking at the sea can tell us a lot about human life on land and can change our perspective on how we view this and other parts of the world.
HIST UN3152 Byzantine Encounters in the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Alexandre M. Roberts. 4 points. Tu 12:10pm-2:00pm
This seminar examines Middle Eastern and Latin Western encounters with Byzantine society and culture, focusing on the 6th-15th centuries. When merchants, pilgrims, scholars, diplomats, and soldiers visited the lands of the Greek-Christian-Roman empire of the Eastern Mediterranean (today called Byzantium), what did they see? And what did the rest of the world look like to the Byzantines? We will study primary sources left by medieval Greeks, Arabs, Latins, and others, critically examining the hermeneutical acts involved in each cultural encounter, in order to probe the meaning and significance of these encounters in western Eurasian society and culture. Interested students can apply to take the seminar here.
CSGM UN3567 Thessaloniki Down the Ages.: A City and Its Many Voices. Paraskevi Martzavou. 3 points. W 4:10pm-6:00pm