Courses in Modern Greek and of Interest to Modern Greek - Spring 2017

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. 

Spring 2017

Professor Elsa Amanatidou

Introduction to Modern Greek 

A continuation of MGRK 0100. New students may place into it, after special arrangement with the instructor. The course continues on an integrative skills approach and aims to develop language skills, within a framework of specific topics and functions. 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 0200

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

Location: Sayles 012

Intermediate Modern Greek

A continuation of MGRK 0300. New students may place into it, after special arrangement with the instructor. It aims to enhance language skills within a variety of registers and themes; enable the students to master, use and understand effectively essential linguistic structures; examine a variety of expressive forms within an authentic cultural context. 

MGRK 0400

M, W 1-2:20 p.m.

Location: Wilbour 102A

Advanced Modern Greek

A continuation of MGRK 0500. Students who have not taken the previous sequence may take a placement test, after consultation with the instructor. The course aims to promote range, accuracy and fluency and enable students to develop ease and spontaneity with the language. Authentic materials drawn from a range of sources inform the content of the course and include films, literature, media, testimonies, music and internet based sources. The development of transcultural competence will be an essential component of the course. 

MGRK 0600

Time: M,W 2:30-3:50

Location: Wilbour 102A


Special Topics in Modern Greek

Not offered Spring 2017.

MGRK 1910

Time: TBD

Location: TBD

Modern Greek for Classicists and Archaeologists

This graduate level course promotes the acquisition and further refinement of the necessary translingual and transcultural skills to prepare students in the fields of Classics and Archaeology to carry out research in Greece and Cyprus. In addition, it involves training in linguistic skills that will enable students to study closely a range of texts of relevance to these disciplines. Primary emphasis will be on the development of reading, oral and aural skills using a variety of text and web based materials, of discipline specific content but also in professional and other communicative contexts of cultural currency. 

MGRK 2200

Time: M,W 9:30-10:50 a.m.

Location: Wilbour 102A



Professor Yannis Hamilakis

The Monuments Men: Embedded Scholars and the Military-Archaeology Complex 

In this course, we will examine the entanglement of antiquarians and archaeologists with the military, and the militarization of monuments and archaeological sites. We will take a long-term historical perspective, from the early modern period to the present: from the Napoleonic expedition to Egypt and the "Monuments Men" in WWII, to the 20th and 21st century invasions and wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria. But this is not a historiography course; it is rather an exploration of the ethics and politics of such entanglement.

ARCH 1546

M, W   3-4:20 p.m.

RI Hall 108


A Migration Crisis? Displacement, Materiality, and Experience 

In the past few years, we have all experienced, most of us through the media, what has been called a migration crisis. And yet, migration as a phenomenon did not appear in 2015; it is as old as humanity, and displacement and contemporary forced migration have also a long history. In this course, we will examine the historical, material and experiential dimensions of contemporary displacement and migration. Many of the examples will be from Greece but also other parts of Mediterranean and beyond, including from the Mexico-US border. 

MGRK 1210

Tu, Th     10:30-11:50 a.m.

RI Hall 008



Professor Vangelis Calotychos

The Balkans, Europe's Other?: Lieterature, Film, History

Introduces the modern Balkans through a selective critical examination of a range of literary and visual, historiographic and political, narratives. The course considers the contestation over a shared historical past and interreligious geographic space through common and divergent narratives, motifs, myths, and recurring discourses. It will also examine the region's aesthetic, religious, and political relation to Europe. Do the Balkans constitute a traumatized, "balkanized," self-colonized, abject modernity at Europe's edges, its inner alterity? Given the acclaim achieved by Balkan filmmakers since 1989, the course will also ask how Balkan writers and artists, caught in-between nationalism, Orientalism, Eurocentrism and globalization, arrive at some agency and captivate our imaginations. No previous knowledge of the region is required. All course material in English translation and films subtitled. No prerequisites.

Cross-listed with Slavic Studies; Middle Eastern Studies

COLT 1814S

Tuesday 4-6:30 p.m.

Location: Smith-Buonanno 207


Travel and Tourism through the Ages

Why do we go away to find ourselves? How does the self constitute itself "elsewhere?" This course considers the genre of travel writing and its theory and how it has treated roots, routes, and rootlessness in divers racial, spiritual, sexual, national, and imperial encounters. Today, when cosmopolitan tourists, intellectuals, or exotic and erotic adventurers share the same beach as downtrodden, abject refugees, what are the cultural, ethical and political implications of leisurely seeking out (self-) discovery, disappearing authenticity, and commodified otherness?

Readings include Herodotus, Equiano, Chatwin, Kingsley, Montagu, Darwin, Twain, Kazantzakis, Miller, Durrell, Phillips, Iyer, Houellebecq, Woolf, Thompson, Theroux, Baudrillard. 

COLT 1811L

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

Location: Rock A9


Film Classics: The Greeks on the Silver Screen

This course examines the adaptation of classical Greek themes and figures in world cinema. Proceeding from classical texts (that will include The Odyssey, The Iliad, Oedipus Rex, Medea, The Oresteia), analysis of films focuses on the ways such texts are recast to comment upon very different cultural, socioeconomic, and political circumstances. How do such films aspire to be “classic” in their own right? What genres or modes follow such films’ epic, or anti-epic, cycles?  Considers Hollywood blockbusters (Ulysses, Jason and the Argonauts, Troy, 300) as well as arthouse fare by Godard, Pasolini, Camus, Merchant, Cacoyannis, Dassin, the Coen brothers, Angelopoulos.

No prerequisites. Open to all undergraduates. X-listed in Classics, and cross-listed in Comparative Literature and MCM.

MGRK 0810

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

Location: Rock 206

Professor Johanna Hanink

Old News: Antiquity and Current Events

Antiquity is often invoked to manipulate how we view current events. This course will investigate examples of this phenomenon, including the 'spectacles of destruction' of antiquities in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and the couching of the Greek economic crisis in references to Greece's classical past. We will interrogate questions of "who owns the past?," and of how we reckon antiquity's value; we will also investigate how scholars (archaeologists, classicists, et al.) have reacted to these contemporary events. Their stances raise important questions about the past's 'relevance' in the present, but also about the intersections between humanities and the social sciences. 

HMAN 1972H

Wednesday 3-5:30 p.m.

Location: Smith-Buonanno 207


Professor Stratis Papaioannou

 Cities: Medieval Perspectives

Where did our modern cities come from? How does the medieval city still live in modernity? In this course, we study histories of cities, their making, transformation, or disappearance, through the lens of a series of medieval urban centers (such as Rome, London, Damascus,
Constantinople/Istanbul, and Toledo), some of which with a continued existence into the modern world. We will focus on such topics as: the
end of ancient cities; religious beliefs, conflict, and tolerance; the
city and its margins; citizens and foreigners; societies without
cities; book culture and bureaucracy; the city as metaphor; sex (and
romance) and the city.

MDVL 0360

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

Location: Annmary Brown 

Greek Literature in Italy and by Italians

This course surveys Greek texts written in Italy or by Italians from the classical period into the Renaissance: from Pythagorean writings to Dionysius of Halicarnassus, from Plotinus to Bessarion, and from a series of exotic Sicilian Saints Lives to manuscripts of Greek popular literature. Emphasis will be placed on the post-classical tradition as well as on the transmission and manuscript history of Greek texts and authors in Italian libraries.

GREK 1100E

Tu, Th 6:40-8 p.m.

Location: Wilson 109A