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; http://hsp.macmillan.yale.edu/

Hellenic Studies is a program of the European Studies Council. 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 program administrator of the Hellenic Studies program.

FACULTY ASSOCIATED WITH THE PROGRAM OF HELLENIC STUDIES

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

Lecturers Paris Aslanidis, George Syrimis

Senior Lector Maria Kaliambou

Courses

MGRK 110a, Elementary Modern Greek IMaria 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.  L11½ Course cr
MTWThF 9:25am-10:15am

MGRK 120b, Elementary Modern Greek IIMaria Kaliambou

Continuation of MGRK 110. Prerequisite: MGRK 110.  L21½ Course cr
MTWThF 9:25am-10:15am

* MGRK 130a, Intermediate Modern Greek IMaria 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.  L31½ Course cr
MTWThF 10:30am-11:20am

* MGRK 140b, Intermediate Modern Greek IIMaria 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.  L41½ Course cr
MTWThF 10:30am-11:20am

* MGRK 151a, Advanced Modern GreekMaria Kaliambou

Advanced language course intended to further develop reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills, while sharpening students’ sensitivity toward modern Greek culture. MGRK 140 or permission of instructor.  L5
MWF 11:35am-12:25pm

* MGRK 216a / CLCV 216a / LITR 239a / WGSS 209a, Dionysus in ModernityGeorge Syrimis

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.  HUTr
F 1:30pm-3:20pm

* MGRK 218b / FILM 243b / WGSS 245b, Family in Greek Literature and FilmGeorge Syrimis

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.  WR, HUTr
F 1:30pm-3:20pm

* MGRK 233a / FILM 368a / HIST 275Ja / LITR 320a, The Culture of the Cold War in EuropeGeorge Syrimis

European culture during and after the Cold War. Focus on the relation of politics and dominant ideologies to their correlative literary and cinematic aesthetics models and to popular culture. Themes include totalitarianism, Eurocommunism, decolonization, espionage, state surveillance, the nuclear threat, sports, and propaganda.  HU
Th 1:30pm-3:20pm

* MGRK 236a / PLSC 138a / SOCY 221a, The Euro CrisisParis Aslanidis

Examination of how Europe continues to struggle with repercussions of the Great Recession and the impact of the Eurozone crisis in countries such as Portugal, Ireland, Spain, and, especially, Greece. Topics include the euro as a viable common currency; why and how the Eurozone crisis erupted and spread; and whether this catastrophe could have been averted.  SO
Th 2:30pm-4:20pm

* MGRK 237a / GLBL 215a / LAST 386a / PLSC 375a / SOCY 389a, Populism from Chavez to TrumpParis Aslanidis

Investigation of the nature of the populist phenomenon and its impact on politics, society, and the economy in various regions of the world. Conceptual and methodological analyses are supported by comparative assessments of various empirical instances, from populist politicians such as Hugo Chavez and Donald Trump, to populist social movements such as the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street.  SO
T 2:30pm-4:20pm

* MGRK 300b / CLCV 319b / HIST 242Jb / WGSS 293b, The Olympic Games, Ancient and ModernGeorge Syrimis

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 304b / ER&M 376b / PLSC 376b / SOCY 307b, Extreme and Radical Right MovementsParis Aslanidis

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.    SO
Th 2:30pm-4:20pm

* MGRK 481a and MGRK 482b, Independent TutorialStaff

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.
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