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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. 

Fall 2017

Professor Elsa Amanatidou

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

Location: Salomon Center 004

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 9-10:20 a.m.

Location: Sayles Hall 104

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: TBD

Location: Wilbour 102A


Special Topics in Modern Greek

This is an IS course whose content is tailored to the student(s)’ academic interests.  Sources and materials are agreed upon between student(s) and faculty and standard assessment procedures apply. The course is conducted in Greek and requires substantial contact time with the instructor as well as independent study that may have a significant research component. Past content has included: Modern Greek linguistics; The intersection of history and fiction in the 20th century; An overview of Greek cultural production through the 20th history; Greek surrealism etc.

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: Mon. 2:30-3:50 p.m. and Wed. 10:30-11:50 a.m.

Location: Wilbour 102A


Professor Yannis Hamilakis

Material Culture and the Bodily Senses: Past and Present

How do the senses shape our experience? How many senses are there? How do ancient and modern art and material culture relate to bodily senses? What is material and sensorial memory, and how does it structure time and temporality? Using media and objects, including archaeological and ethnographic collections at Brown and beyond, this course will study how a sensorial perspective on materiality can reshape and reinvigorate research dealing with past and present material culture. Furthermore, we will explore how sensoriality and affectivity can decenter the dominant western modernist canon of the autonomous individual.

ARCH 2184

Wednesday 3-5:30 p.m.

RI Hall 008

Decolonizing Classical Antiquity: White Nationalism, Colonialism, and Ancient Material Heritage

Why do the monuments and material remnants of classical antiquity still attract public attention and exercise symbolic power? Why have such monuments been "used" by regimes, governments, and diverse social groups in the service of often suppressive and totalitarian agendas?  What are the cases where these monuments operate as weapons for resistance and liberation? How has colonial, racial, and national modernity shaped the way we perceive, understand, and experience the materiality of the classical? These are some of the themes to be debated in this course.  Ultimately, our key question will be: how can we decolonise classical antiquity? We will explore these questions using a diversity of case studies, including modern Greece and Europe as well as global contexts, and a variety of sources, from ethnographically derived performances to digital culture and social media.

MGRK 1220

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

RI Hall 008



Professor Vangelis Calotychos

Poets, Poetry, and Politics

The award of the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature to Bob Dylan ignited a lively debate about who is, and who is not, a poet. Historically, who were deemed poets, what was their function? What do their poemsdo and how do they work? Do they foment revolution or “make nothing happen,” as Auden once wrote? How does the poet aspire to a unique, individual voice even as he or she may (be seen to) best represent a constituency? This course relates the poetic act to political action and interrogates the commonly aired contention that politics makes for bad poetry.  

COLT 1431C

M, W, F 10-10:50 a.m.

Location: Rockefeller Library 205


Nationalism and Transnationalism in Film and Fiction

Reports of the demise of nationalism always seem greatly exaggerated. How are notions of transnationalism dependent on rewriting the nation? This course revisits films of world cinema acclaimed for their national cachet from a transnational perspective and in dialogue with their literary intertexts. We will study these films’ fictional narration, cinematic articulation, and critical reception and consider how they signify in multinational networks of funding, distribution, production, conception, and critical reception. Students will analyze the political, ethical, and artistic stakes of confronting difference as both a located and universal stance or commodity. Films and texts chosen from across the globe.

COLT 1440P

Tuesday 4-6:30 p.m.

Location: Smith-Buonanno Hall G01