Modern Greek

Preliminary schedule of the Modern Greek courses 2018-2019
(registered under the Department of Classics or Greek)

Fall Quarter
GR 8A Elementary Modern Greek: TTh 3:30-4:45 (Haines Hall 122)

Classics 88GE – General Education Seminar Sequences: Good Grief! Greek Mourning from Homer to the Migrant Crisis

Tuesdays, 9-11:50 (Public Affairs Building 1343)

Class Description: What comes after death—for those who are left alive? How do individuals and communities cope with the loss of human lives? What does it say about mourning that it is both a private emotion—related to melancholy and grief—and a regulated practice? Is public mourning an instrument of power or can it function as a means of resistance? By combining literature, film, theater, art, political history, and psychoanalysis, this seminar examines the rich tradition of mourning in Greek culture and beyond, as the source of individual and collective expressions, practices, and beliefs. We particularly ask how a community and its members lament their dead, how new communities emerge in mourning, and how we grieve the loss of people without communities. Beginning with a study of themes, practices, and ideologies of mourning in seminal texts of Greek antiquity (Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Thucydides), students follow their transformation across different historical periods of post-classical and modern Greece, Europe, and America. We cover topics such as: Mourning and trauma; Mourning and politics; Gender and lamentation; Lament as social and political protest; The aesthetics of death; Poetry and ritual; Mourning after war, revolution, and civil conflict; Mourning stateless people.

Classics 193 – Keywords for Modern Greek Culture

Class Description: Why are dysfunctional families a central them of the “weird wave” of Greek cinema? To what ends is the human body exposed, mutilated, reassembled and revived in contemporary Greek choreography? What counts as home in current Greek contexts of crisis: national, diasporic, migrational? Using foundational keywords (such as family, body, home) this course brings together material from contemporary cinema, theater, dance, music and poetry in order to introduce students to Modern Greek cultural production.

Winter Quarter
GR 8B Elementary Modern Greek
GR 9B Intermediate Modern Greek
CL 88GE: Tyrants and Rebels: Political Power from Classical Greece to Modernity (Gen Ed Seminar)

Contemporary political upheavals challenge us to think of power not only as a violent instrument against passive subjects, but as what we as citizens may use in order to critique such violence and to create political communities. In this course, we consider these possibilities by examining the impact of Greek culture on modern concepts and practices of democracy, sovereignty, tyranny, empire, and revolution. We will trace seminal texts of antiquity that deal with political, social, and aesthetic power (Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Plato, Aristotle) through their modern transformations. By combining political thought, history, literature, theatre, and film students will study topics such as: the impact of hellenism on the American and the French Revolution as well as the recourse to classical tragedy in the aftermath of failed revolutions; the presence of classical culture in imperial projects and its subversive use in anti-colonial struggles; the appropriation of Greek political categories by 20th-century totalitarianism and in concentration camp literature in Modern Greece. The aim is to gain both a historical overview of the uses of Greek culture in modernity and to sharpen our critical outlook toward these uses.

Spring Quarter
GR 8C Elementary Modern Greek
CL 143A Tragedy
Reading Scholarly Modern Greek (a training course for graduate students)