Courses - Fall 2016

Modern Greek Studies offers a variety of courses each semester. There are seven semesters of language teaching, as well as courses in comparative literature, Byzantine Literature and history. Courses taught in anthropology or other departments will be cross listed with Modern Greek when they are taught. 

Language Courses

Introduction to Modern Greek

Designed for students with little or no prior knowledge of Modern Greek. The aim is to introduce students to basic linguistic structures and develop the ability to comprehend and produce text, as well as to speak and understand speech, in a variety of contexts and registers. The course objectives are to enable students to perform a range of tasks, master a minimum core vocabulary and acquire knowledge and understanding of various forms of Greek culture. 

MGRK 0100

M, T, W, Th 12-12:50 p.m.

Wilson Hall 109

Instructor: Amanatidou

Intermediate Modern Greek

Develops linguistic and cultural competence and may be taken by anyone who has completed MGRK 0200 or after consultation with the instructor and/or a placement exam. It focuses on further development of the four language skills as well as knowledge and understanding of various aspects of Greek society. It employs a variety of materials, including film, digital stories, internet based sources, music, art, and literature.

MGRK 0300

Tu, Th     1-2:20 p.m.

CIT 210

Instructor: Amanatidou

Advanced Modern Greek

May be taken by students who have completed the previous sequences or by anyone who places successfully into the course. The course places emphasis on the improvement of writing and oral skills, via presentations, collaborative projects, conversations and assignments based on topics and texts, drawn from a variety of sources and cultural forms of expression.

MGRK 0500

Time: TBA

Wilbour Hall 102A

Instructor: Amanatidou


Comparative Literature Courses

Odysseus in Literature

Examines the reincarnations of the Homeric figure of Odysseus in contemporary literatures. It approaches the texts historically, culturally and literary. How is the Odysseus myth altered from culture to culture (Greece, Rome, Ireland, the Caribbean), how is it re-adapted in different historical periods, how does Odysseus change as the genre changes (epic, poetry, the novel, film, drama)?

COLT 0710Q

M, W, F 2-2:50 p.m.

Barus & Holley 161

Instructor: Calotychos

Paradise, Periphery, Prison?: The Island in the Western Imaginary

Paradise, periphery, or prison? The representation of the island has been described as imaginary and not actual, mythological and not geographical. Examines the fascination with islands in the western cultural imaginary. Selective readings from literature, film and historical texts focus on the ways in which island spaces have been represented in diverse social, national, imperial contexts as well as the effect of such projections on the native islanders, their visitors and often subjugators. Authors may include Homer, Plato, Marco Polo, Mandeville, Darwin, Defoe, Tournier, Kincaid, Kafka, Durrell, Seferis; theoretical works drawn from critical geography, postcolonialism, and the field of island studies.

COLT 0811Z 

Tu, Th 2:30-3:50 p.m.

Wilson Hall 204

Instructor: Calotychos

Archaeology Course

Archaeological Ethnography: A Multi-Temporal Contact Zone

In this course, we will examine the emerging field of archaeological ethnography, a shared space of interaction between social anthropologists and archaeologists, and between scholars and the various local communities around archaeological sites. Our main focus will be the Sanctuary of Poseidon on the island of Poros in Greece, the epicenter of a long-term archaeological ethnography project, started in 2007. We will place the site in global comparative perspective, and debate together the challenges in producing an archaeological ethnography monograph.

ARCH 2153

Thursday 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

RI Hall 008

Instructor:  Hamilakis