Hellenic Studies

Directors: Stathis Kalyvas, 201 RKZ, 432-5386, stathis.kalyvas@yale.edu; John Geanakoplos, 30 Hillhouse Ave., 432-3397, john.geanakoplos@yale.edu; program administrator: George Syrimis, 34 Hillhouse Ave., 432-9342, george.syrimis@yale.edu; www.yale.edu/macmillan/hsp


Professors John Geanakoplos (Economics), Stathis Kalyvas (Political Science)

Lecturer George Syrimis

Senior Lector Maria Kaliambou

Hellenic Studies is a program of the Council on European Studies. The core of the program is the teaching of modern Greek, supplemented with other courses and events related to the study of postantiquity Greece, as well as the society and culture of modern Greece and its interaction with the rest of Europe and the world. Related courses can be found in the listings of Anthropology, History, History of Art, Literature, Political Science, Religious Studies, and Russian and East European Studies. A major in Ancient and Modern Greek is described under Classics. Students who have an interest in postantiquity Greek language, society, or culture are advised to consult with the associate program chair of the Hellenic Studies program.


* MGRK 001b / CLCV 008b / HUMS 074b / LITR 091b / RSEE 008b, Western Visions of Greece George Syrimis

Literary, philosophical, political, and aesthetic categories used by Western cultures since the Enlightenment to construct the concepts "Hellenic" and "ancient Greece." The refiguring of ancient Greek civilization as an ideal cultural template, symbolic origin, and philosophical reflection for both European philhellenes and contemporary Greeks. Enrollment limited to freshmen. Preregistration required; see under Freshman Seminar Program.  HU
WF 2:30pm-3:45pm

* MGRK 002a / HUMS 051a / LITR 080a / RLST 016a / WGSS 007a, Religion and Literature: Irreverent Texts George Syrimis

The complex relationship between religion and literature from the nineteenth century to the present. Focus on the Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian traditions. Modernity and tradition, the legitimacy of ritual, the relationship between church and state, and the reception of antiquity. The emergence of modern discourses of gender and sexuality in light of religious practice and dogma. Enrollment limited to freshmen. Preregistration required; see under Freshman Seminar Program.  HU
WF 2:30pm-3:45pm

MGRK 110a, Elementary Modern Greek I Maria Kaliambou

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. Credit only on completion of MGRK 120.  L1  1½ Course cr
MTWThF 9:25am-10:15am

MGRK 120b, Elementary Modern Greek II Maria Kaliambou

Continuation of MGRK 110. Prerequisite: MGRK 110.  L2  1½ Course cr
MTWThF 10:30am-11:20am

* MGRK 130a, Intermediate Modern Greek I Maria Kaliambou

Further development of oral and written linguistic skills, using authentic readings and audiovisual materials. Continued familiarization with contemporary Greek culture. Prerequisite: MGRK 120 or equivalent. Course includes students from Cornell University via videoconference.  L3  1½ Course cr
MTWThF 10:30am-11:20am

* MGRK 140b, Intermediate Modern Greek II Maria Kaliambou

Further development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in modern Greek. Presentation of short research projects related to modern Greece. Prerequisite: MGRK 130 or equivalent. Course includes students from Cornell University via videoconference.  L4  1½ Course cr
MTWThF 9:25am-10:15am

* MGRK 212b / HUMS 277b / LITR 328b, Folktales and Fairy Tales Maria Kaliambou

History of the folktale from the late seventeenth through the late twentieth centuries. 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.  HUTr
M 1:30pm-3:20pm

* MGRK 214a / ENGL 243a / HUMS 428a / LITR 207a / WGSS 215a, Modern Literature and the Eastern Mediterranean George Syrimis and Langdon Hammer

The formative influences of Sappho and C. P. Cavafy on the Anglo-American literary tradition from the twentieth century to the present. Nationalism and imperialism, sexuality and aesthetics, biography and art, sapphic verse, the reception of the classical tradition, and the topography of modernity. Writers' fascination with the eastern Mediterranean as an alternative locus for modern Greek, English, and American identities.  HU
Th 2:30pm-4:20pm

* MGRK 300b / CLCV 319b / HIST 242Jb / HUMS 183b / WGSS 300b, The Olympic Games, Ancient and Modern Staff

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.  HU
Th 9:25am-11:15am

MGRK 301b / HIST 337b / MMES 337b, The Mediterranean from Crusades to Napoleon Francesca Trivellato and Alan Mikhail

Introduction to the history of Europe and the Islamic world as they interacted in the Mediterranean from the era of the Crusades to Napoleon's conquest of Egypt. Topics include city states and empires, religious conflict and coexistence, commerce, gender, military history, the arts, travel, piracy, and orientalism. Ways in which the study of the Mediterranean has shaped knowledge about the medieval, early modern, and modern worlds.  HU
TTh 10:30am-11:20am

* MGRK 481a and MGRK 482b, Independent Tutorial Staff

For students with advanced language skills in modern Greek who wish to engage in individual study or concentrated reading and research on material not otherwise offered in courses. Applicants submit a detailed project proposal to the associate program chair. The student must meet with the instructor for at least one hour each week, and the work must terminate in a term paper or its equivalent.