[MGSA-L] Harvard courses on modern Greek studies

Roilos, Panagiotis roilos at fas.harvard.edu
Wed Sep 5 14:59:02 PDT 2012

Dear all,

I would like to draw your attention to the following courses on Modern Greek Studies offered at Harvard this academic year.

Best wishes,

Panagiotis Roilos

George Seferis Professor of Modern Greek Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature

For Undergraduates and Graduates
Modern Greek A. Elementary Modern Greek<http://www.courses.fas.harvard.edu/8604>
Catalog Number: 8604
Vassiliki Rapti and assistant
Full course. M., W., F., at 12, and a weekly hour for conversation on F., at 1. EXAM GROUP: 5
For students with no knowledge of modern Greek. Basic oral expression, listening comprehension, grammar, reading, and writing. Language instruction is supplemented by reading of simple literary passages and other texts, as well as by online instruction.

Modern Greek B. Intermediate Modern Greek: Language and Civilization<http://www.courses.fas.harvard.edu/8187>
Catalog Number: 8187
Vassiliki Rapti and assistant
Full course. M., W., F., at 11, and a weekly hour for conversation on M., at 10. EXAM GROUP: 4
Aims at further development of skills in speaking, comprehension, reading, and writing. Selected readings in prose (literary and journalistic), poetry, folksongs, modern music, and theater serve as an introduction to aspects of modern Greek literature and culture. The course is conducted in Greek and focuses on topics selected by the instructor and the students in the first term. Grammar is reviewed in the context of readings. Instruction is supplemented by online instruction.
Prerequisite: An elementary knowledge of modern Greek (equivalent to that of Modern Greek A).

*Modern Greek 100. Advanced Modern Greek: Introduction to Modern Greek Literature<http://www.courses.fas.harvard.edu/8487>
Catalog Number: 8487
Vassiliki Rapti
Half course (spring term). Th., 1–3.
Literary, sociocultural, and linguistic analysis of selected readings in prose, poetry, plays, orally transmitted songs, and folktales.
Note: Conducted in Greek.
Prerequisite: Modern Greek B or equivalent and permission of instructor.

Modern Greek 104. Modern Greek Theatre - (New Course) <http://www.courses.fas.harvard.edu/46277>
Catalog Number: 46277
Vassiliki Rapti
Half course (fall term). Th., 1–3.
This course examines Modern Greek theatre in its multiple aspects from its relation to Greek tragedy through the stage revival of ancient drama to its contemporary status. Through a variety of perspectives and methods, students will explore several seminal plays with a particular emphasis on contemporary playwrights and avant-garde stage directors. Course taught in English. No Final Exam.

Modern Greek 145 (formerly Comparative Literature 145). Dreams and Literature<http://www.courses.fas.harvard.edu/8412>
Catalog Number: 8412
Panagiotis Roilos
Half course (fall term). Tu., 1–3. EXAM GROUP: 15, 16
Against the dual background of ancient and medieval commentaries on the one hand, and modern psychoanalytic and ethnographic studies on the other, diverse literary texts will be explored. The major focus will be on Greek literature, but examples from other European literatures will also be considered (including film). Major topics: typology of dreams; dreams as narratives; dreaming and writing; religious dimensions. Theoretical readings to include: Aristotle, Aelius Aristides, Artemidorus, Synesius of Cyrene; Freud, Jung, Levi-Strauss, Foucault, Lyotard.
Note: Students who have previously taken Comparative Literature 145, Dreams and Literature, may not take this course for credit.

Primarily for Graduates
Modern Greek 220. Greek Imaginaries - (New Course) <http://www.courses.fas.harvard.edu/82692>
Catalog Number: 82692
Panagiotis Roilos
Half course (spring term). Tu., 1–3.
Explores theoretical discussions and literary exemplifications of the concepts of "phantasia," fictionality, the marvelous, and the real in Greek contexts, with a special focus on early modern Greek literature and thought.

Modern Greek 221. The Poetics of Eros: From Plato to C. P. Cavafy - (New Course) <http://www.courses.fas.harvard.edu/97799>
Catalog Number: 97799
Panagiotis Roilos
Half course (fall term). M., 4–6.
Explores postclassical Greek and broader European literary receptions of Plato’s theory of eros. Special emphasis is placed on the rediscovery of "Hellenic love" in British aestheticism and Greek modernism, especially in C. P. Cavafy.

Comparative Literature 298. Allegory - (New Course) <http://www.courses.fas.harvard.edu/28338>
Catalog Number: 28338
Panagiotis Roilos
Half course (spring term). M., 4–6. EXAM GROUP: 9
It investigates major landmarks in the development of allegorization and allegorical literary composition in European tradition. Starting with pseudo-Herakleitos and his allegorical hermeneutics of the Homeric epics, this seminar will study different theoretical explorations and literary manifestations of allegorical discourse from antiquity to modernity—from ancient Greek rhetoric to Prudentius to Byzantine literature to Dante to the Romantics to C. P. Cavafy to Benjamin and de Man. Topics to be addressed include: personification, ambiguity, hermeneutic double-tonguedness (amphoteroglossia), the interplay between allegory and other tropes and discursive modes (metaphor, metonymy, symbol, parody, satire).

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