Seminar on Modern Greek Culture

The A.S. Onassis Program in Hellenic Studies wishes you happiness and health in the New Year! We are looking forward to welcoming you back to the Hellenic Studies Program in the Spring after a restful holiday vacation.

Included below are our course offerings for the Spring Semester. We are very excited to welcome back Visiting Professor Olga Taxidou from the University of Edinburgh. Due to extremely high demand, Tragedy & Gender and a new jointly-taught Seminar on Modern Greek Culture will be offered.

We are also excited to announce that NYU in Athens 2017 applications are live and filling up quickly! The Priority Deadline for our Summer Abroad Program is on February 1st.

You may apply and also find more information about course offerings, excursions, and scholarship opportunities here: NYU in Athens 2017. You can also take a look at our brochure for more information!

Please be in touch if you have any questions about registration, permission codes, our courses, majors/minors, our wonderful summer program, or anything else you may need! Wishing you a very warm and merry January!
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Elementary Modern Greek II – HEL-UA 104 (Class #7983)
Professor Anna Venetsanos
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Intermediate Modern Greek II – HEL-UA 106 (Class #7984)
Professor Anna Venetsanos
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Advanced Modern Greek II – HEL-UA 108 (Class #7985)
Professor Anna Venetsanos
Monday, Wednesday, 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

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Tragedy & Gender – HEL-UA 140 (Class #9341)
Professor Olga Taxidou
Tuesday, 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM

This course examines the complex relationships between gender and representation as these have been specifically manifested in the history of Tragedy. It follows two strands: one historical and the other more theoretical. Specific instances of the role of gender in theatrical modes of production will be studied in the examples of Classical Greek and Elizabethan Tragedy. The absence of women from these stages will be read in relation to both the particular historical contexts and to the types of conventions of representation this absence helped shape. This historical investigation will continue into the age of Modernity where the ‘woman question’ becomes central to the modes and tropes of Naturalist theatre. A parallel concern of the course will be the structural link between gender construction and performativity as this has been expressed by recent psychoanalytical and gender theory. In this context recent developments in Queer Theory will be discussed with examples from contemporary plays and Performance Art.

Seminar on Modern Greek Culture – HEL-UA 130 (Class #24174)
Professor Liana Theodoratou, Professor Olga Taxidou
Thursday, 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM

This course examines the ways in which Greek Tragedy is re-imagined within the broader context of Modern Greek culture and poetry from the early twentieth century to today. It is based on the premise that the encounter with the ancient texts enables Modern Greek writers to think through, embody, and sometimes problematize concerns about nationhood, tradition and modernity, classicism and experimentation. Greek Tragedy is approached both thematically and formally, as text and vehicle for performance. This interface between the ancients and the moderns acquires particular relevance and urgency at moments of political crisis, such as the civil war, the military dictatorship and the contemporary crisis. This course will also approach this dialogue within these specific historico-political contexts and concentrate on the modes of writing and re-writing that it has helped to shape. We will examine the classical play-texts and the ways they have been re-imagined in Modern Greek poetry.

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