Hellenic Studies (2018 - 2020)
Arts and Science Summer in Athens
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Language and Literature
Elementary Modern Greek I, II
HEL-UA 103, 104 Open to students with no previous training in Greek and to others by permission of the instructor. Elementary I offered in the fall; Elementary II offered in the spring. 4 points per term.
Fundamentals of grammar, syntax, oral expression, listening comprehension, reading, and composition. Students develop the skills and vocabulary necessary to read simple texts and hold basic conversations. Students are introduced to modern Greek culture, history, and society, so as to enrich our understanding of multiple, living Greek realities through the language.
Intermediate Modern Greek I, II
HEL-UA 105, 106 Prerequisite for HEL-UA 105: Elementary Modern Greek II (HEL-UA 104); prerequisite for HEL-UA 106: HEL-UA 105, or permission of the instructor. Intermediate I offered in the fall; Intermediate II offered in the spring. 4 points per term.
Introduces more complex linguistic and grammatical analysis, advanced composition, and graded reading. Provides further practice in speaking and vocabulary acquisition. Readings and discussions of selected works of prose, poetry, and theatre serve as an introduction to aspects of modern Greek civilization and as an occasion for comprehensive discussions of contemporary Greek society.
Advanced Modern Greek I, II
HEL-UA 107, 108 Prerequisite for HEL-UA 107: Intermediate Modern Greek II (HEL-UA 106); prerequisite for HEL-UA 108: HEL-UA 107, or permission of the instructor. Advanced I offered in the fall; Advanced II offered in the spring. 4 points per term.
Enhances and perfects reading, speaking, conversational, and writing skills through the close study of literary texts, current newspaper articles and essays, films, advertisements, and comprehensive discussions of contemporary Greek society. Explores current social and political issues, events, and controversies in Greece and topics in popular culture.
Memory, History, and Language in Modern Greek Poetry
HEL-UA 120 No prerequisite. Offered every other year. 4 points.
A survey of 20th-century Greek poetry in its historical and cultural context. Among the poets studied are C. P. Cavafy; the Nobel laureates George Seferis and Odysseus Elytis; the Lenin Prize-winner Yannis Ritsos; the surrealists Andreas Embiricos and Nikos Engonopoulos; the postwar generation of poets, including Miltos Sahtouris, Takis Sinopoulos, and Manolis Anagnostakis; and women poets, including Matsi Hatzila-zarou and Kiki Dimoula. All texts are available in both Greek and English; critical texts and class discussion in English only. No background specific to Greece is required.
Seminar on Modern Greek Culture
HEL-UA 130 Offered every year. 4 points.
Topics vary. Please consult the program for more information.
Topics: Modern Greek Culture and Literature
HEL-UA 140 Offered every year. 4 points.
Topics vary. Please consult the program for more information.
Narrative, History, and Fiction in the Modern Greek Novel
HEL-UA 190 Identical to COLIT-UA 190. No prerequisite. Offered every other year. 4 points.
Structured around narrative technique and the claim to fact(s) and/or fiction(s) in Greece’s turbulent modern history. Selections also suggest some recurrent perspectives on questions of language, gender, and nation in Greece. Comparative reference is made to other Balkan, Mediterranean, European, and world literatures. All texts are available in both Greek and English; critical texts and class discussion in English only. No background specific to Greece is required.
The 20th-Century Balkans and Balkanization through Literature and Film
HEL-UA 193 Identical to COLIT-UA 193. Offered every other year. 4 points.
A selective study of the representation of the 20th-century Balkans through some of the most celebrated literary works and films of the region. Considers the presentation of, and contestation over, a shared historical past through common and divergent motifs, myths, and narrative devices. Also examines the region’s political and aesthetic relation to the West in this century.
Yannis Ritsos and the Tragic Vision
HEL-UA 229 Offered every other year. 4 points.
Ritsos’s poem The Fourth Dimension invokes the relations between memory, history, and language. Examines his poetic strategies by reading and reconstructing the classical intertexts that inform his work and analyzes his appropriations, distortions, revisions, and translations of classical texts.
Greek Tragedy and Modern Greece.
HEL-UA 320 Offered every year. 4 points.
Classical Greek tragedy as re-imagined within the broader context of modern Greek culture from the early twentieth century to today. Issues of nationhood, tradition and modernity, classicism and experimentation. Attention to the specific historico-political contexts (the civil war, the military dictatorship, and the contemporary crisis) of this dialogue with the ancients.
Greek Diaspora: Odyssean Metaphors from Homer to Angelopoulos
HEL-UA 333 Identical to COLIT-UA 333. Offered every other year. 4 points.
How the structuring metaphors and foundational narratives of home and exile and of dispersal, settlement, and return have informed Greek myth and story in a variety of geographical and historical contexts: the diasporic communities of Greeks in Renaissance Venice, in European urban centers prior to nation-building in the 18th-century Enlightenment, in Alexandria and Smyrna (now Izmir) during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, in Cyprus, and in the United States.
From Classicism to Afrocentrism: Greece in the West, 1453 to the Present
HEL-UA 444 Identical to COLIT-UA 444. Offered every other year. 4 points.
Critical interpretation of Western conceptions of the idea of Greece, the Hellenic, and the Greeks in a variety of contexts: classical humanism, classical philology, philhellenism, exoticism, orientalism, Hellenism as paganism, aesthetics, homosexuality, romantic nationalism, racism, the Hellenic and the Hebraic, and Afrocentrism. Features modern Greek appropriations of, and resistances to, such projections.
HEL-UA 700 Identical to CLASS-UA 700. 4 points.
See course description under classics.
Modern Greek Politics
HEL-UA 525 Offered periodically. 4 points.
Politics of Southern Europe
HEL-UA 527 Offered periodically. 4 points.
See course descriptions under history.
HEL-UA 112 Identical to HIST-UA 112, MEDI-UA 112. 4 points.
Modern Greek History
HEL-UA 159 Identical to HIST-UA 159. 4 points.
Topics: Byzantine History
HEL-UA 283 Identical to HIST-UA 283. 4 points.
Greece and Western Europe
HEL-UA 297 Identical to HIST-UA 297. 4 points.
Topics: Imperial Cities: Rome, Constantinople, Istanbul
HEL-UA 901 Identical to HIST-UA 160. 4 points.
Topics: Modern Mediterranean Region: Myth or Reality?
HEL-UA 901 4 points.
HEL-UA 980 2 or 4 points.
HEL-UA 997 2 or 4 points.
Senior Honors Seminar
HEL-UA 999 4 points.