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Hellenic Studies

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Previously offered courses in Hellenic Studies


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Autumn 2012 Courses

Greece and Europe: Changing Relations (JSIS A 494A)

Greece with Euro symbolAncient Greece exerted tremendous influence on western European imagination, serving as one of the key foundational myths of both Europe and modern Greece alike. The Western orientation of modern Greece lies at the heart of the national myth envisaged by Greece’s founding fathers, however, Greece’s Westernization was disapproved of by the Orthodox Church, which opted for a return to the pre-national Orthodox Eden. Also, Greece’s European apprenticeship was and is still being criticized as troubled, prolonged and incomplete by Western Europeans and Greek Westernizers alike, especially when the modern Greeks are believed to have lapsed into ‘un-European’ conduct, the most recent such example being considered the Greek fiscal crisis.
Focusing on the political, social, economic, and cultural history of modern Greece, this course is an interdisciplinary exploration of the various aspects of Greece’s European apprenticeship, as well as of its troubled and changing relationship with Western Europe from the late 18th century to the present.
The main aim of the course is to introduce students to modern Greek history and enable them situate it within a European context. Taught by Nektaria Klapaki.

Stories from the Land of Greek Myths and Heroes (JSIS 488D/C LIT 496A)

Heracles slaying the hydraAt least since the early 19th century ancient Greek myth has fueled in profound ways modern Greek history and the modern Greek literary and artistic imagination. From the mid-19th century onward another foundational myth was added to the fabric of modern Greek history and society, that of Byzantium with its rich Christian legacy, while the period of Greece’s Ottoman past also turned out to be a rich source for the creation of new myths by the modern Greek myth-making imagination.
This course is an interdisciplinary exploration of the various ways in which modern Greek writers and artists appropriated ancient Greek, Christian and Ottoman myths to reconfigure Greek history and identity.
Various genres and media, such as poetry, prose and cinema, include the primary sources to be used in the course while some of the topics to be discussed involve the relation of myth to history, gender, and also to personal and collective identity. All the modern Greek literary texts will be in English translation. No prior knowledge of modern Greek history or literature is required. Taught by Nektaria Klapaki.

Greece: 1821 to the Present

Nektaria Klapaki
Winter 2013, JSIS A 364A/HSTEU 364A
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30am - 12:20pm
223 Anderson Hall, 5 credits

This course covers the politics and society of Greece from the War of Independence to the present. Topics include the emergence and development of the Greek state; Greece in the world wars; civil war and post-war politics; military dicatorship; transition to democracy; and recent developments. No prior study of Greece required.

For more information, please contact Dr. Klapaki or visit the Winter 2013 UW Time Schedule.

Hellenic Studies
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