Courses

Hellenic Studies Program Spring 2022 Course Offerings


Elementary Modern Greek II, Maria Kaliambou

MGRK 110
M-F 9:25-10:15

An introduction to modern Greek, with emphasis on oral expression. Use of communicative activities, graded texts, written assignments, grammar drills, audiovisual material, and contemporary documents. In-depth cultural study.

Intermediate Modern Greek II, Maria Kaliambou
MGRK 130
M-F 10:30-11:20

Further development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in modern Greek. Presentation of short research projects related to modern Greece.


The Olympic Games, Ancient and Modern, George Syrimis

MGRK300/HIST242J/WGSS293/CLCV319
Th 9:25-11:15

Introduction to the history of the Olympic Games from antiquity to the present. The mythology of athletic events in ancient Greece and the ritual, political, and social ramifications of the actual competitions. The revival of the modern Olympic movement in 1896, the political investment of the Greek state at the time, and specific games as they illustrate the convergence of athletic cultures and sociopolitical transformations in the twentieth century.


Family in Greek Literature and Film, George Syrimis

MGRK218/FILM243/WGSS245
HTBA

The structure and multiple appropriations of the family unit, with a focus on the Greek tradition. The influence of aesthetic forms, including folk literature, short stories, novels, and film, and of political ideologies such as nationalism, Marxism, and totalitarianism. Issues related to gender, sibling rivalry, dowries and other economic factors, political allegories, feminism, and sexual and social violence both within and beyond the family.


Extreme and Radical Right Movements, Paris Aslanidis

MGRK304/SOCY307/PLSC376/ER&M376
T 1:30-3:20

Extreme and radical right movements and political parties are a recurrent phenomenon found in most parts of the world. Discussion of their foundational values and the causes of their continuous, even increasing, support among citizens and voters. 


The Euro Crisis, Paris Aslanidis

MGRK 236/SOCY 221/PLSC 138
Th 1:30pm-3:20pm

Examination of how Europe continues to struggle with the social and economic repercussions of the Great Recession and the impact of socioeconomic asymmetries in countries such as Portugal, Ireland, Spain, Italy, and Greece. Topics include the euro as a viable common currency; why and how the Euro crisis erupted and spread; how the COVID-19 fallout will impact the Union.


Folktales and Fairy Tales, Maria Kaliambou

E&RS 617/MGRK 212/LITR 328

History of the folktale from the late seventeenth through the late twentieth century. Basic concepts, terminology, and interpretations of folktales, with some attention to twentieth-century theoretical approaches. Performance and audience, storytellers, and gender-related distinctions. Interconnections between oral and written traditions in narratives from western Europe and Greece.

Hellenic Studies Program Fall 2021 Course Offerings

Elementary Modern Greek I, Maria Kaliambou

MGRK 110
M-F 9:25-10:15
An introduction to modern Greek, with emphasis on oral expression. Use of communicative activities, graded texts, written assignments, grammar drills, audiovisual material, and contemporary documents. In-depth cultural study.

Intermediate Modern Greek I, Maria Kaliambou
MGRK 130
M-F 10:30-11:20
Further development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in modern Greek. Presentation of short research projects related to modern Greece.

Dionysus in Modernity, George Syrimis

MGRK216/LITR239/WGSS209/CLCV216
F 1:30-3:20
Modernity’s fascination with the myth of Dionysus. Questions of agency, identity and community, and psychological integrity and the modern constitution of the self. Manifestations of Dionysus in literature, anthropology, and music; the Apollonian-Dionysiac dichotomy; twentieth-century variations of these themes in psychoanalysis, surrealism, and magical realism.

Populism, Paris Aslanidis 
MGRK237/SOCY389/PLSC375/LAST386/GLBL215
Th 1:30-3:20
Investigation of the populist phenomenon in party systems and the social movement arena. Conceptual, historical, and methodological analyses are supported by comparative assessments of various empirical instances in the US and around the world, from populist politicians such as Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, to populist social movements such as the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street.

The Age of Revolution, Paris Aslanidis
MGRK305/HIST 294J
T 1:30-3:20

The course is a comparative examination of the international dimensions of several revolutions from 1776 to 1848. It aims to explore mechanisms of diffusion, shared themes, and common visions between the revolutionary upheavals in the United States, France, Haiti, South America, Greece, and Italy. How similar and how different were these episodes? Did they emerge against a common structural and societal backdrop? Did they equally serve their ideals and liberate their people against tyranny? What was the role of women and the position of ethnic minorities in the fledgling nation-states? As the year 2021 marks the bicentennial of the Greek Revolution of 1821, special attention is given to the intricate links forged between Greek revolutionary intellectuals and their peers in Europe and other continents. 

Weird Greek Wave Cinema, George Syrimis
MGRK 238/WGSS233/FILM341
Th 1:30-3:20
The course examines the cinematic production of Greece in the last fifteen years or so and looks critically at the popular term “weird Greek wave” applied to it. Noted for their absurd tropes, bizarre narratives, and quirky characters, the films question and disturb traditional gender and social roles, as well as international viewers’ expectations of national stereotypes of classical luminosity―the proverbial “Greek light”―Dionysian exuberance, or touristic leisure. Instead, these works frustrate not only a wholistic reading of Greece as a unified and coherent social construct, but also the physical or aesthetic pleasure of its landscape and its ‘quaint’ people with their insistence on grotesque, violent, or otherwise disturbing images or themes (incest, sexual otherness and violence, aggression, corporeality, and xenophobia). The course also pays particular attention on the economic and political climate of the Greek financial crisis during which these films are produced and consumed and to which they partake.