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Center for Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies Fall 2017 Classes

GRKST 101/HIST 164.01- Introduction to Byzantine Culture and Civilization
CODE 47787 Tues & Thurs 3:40-4:25 pm
Credits 3      Powdermaker 156
Prof. Woodfin

Just as the city of Constantinople-modern Instanbul-straddles two continents, so the Byzantine Empire (324-1453 C.E.) has been seen as a bridge between cultures. Chronologically, its span links Antiquity to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, while its geography positions it between Western Europe and the Islamic world. This course will introduce the political, social, and religious history of Byzantium through a number of key texts and monuments. Through the lens of these documents, we will explore the contributions of Byzantium in the fields of religion, literature, art, architecture, and music. Over the course of the semester, students should gain a fundamental understanding of the underpinnings of Byzantine civilization and an overview of its political and artistic achievements.

ARTH 211- Early Christian and Early Byzantine Art
CODE 39488 Tuesday 10:00 am-12:50 pm
Credits 3   Klapper 403
Prof. Woodfin
This course will explore monuments of the Byzantine Empire from the founding of Constantinople in 330 CE to 843 CE, the end of Iconoclasm. Innovative architectural forms, along with their mosaic, fresco, and marble decorations, create the transcendental character of Byzantine churches. This class will also examine metalwork, ivories, textiles, icon paintings, and illuminated manuscripts in their varying contexts for the church or the court. In addition, special attention will be given to secular art.
GRKMD 41W- Modern Greek Literature in Translation
CODE 36744 Tues & Thurs 1:40-2:55 pm
Credits 3   Queens Hall 245B
Prof. Hadjipolycarpou

Surveys Modern Greek literature in translation from the middle of the nineteenth century to the present. The authors and their works are examined not only for their individual stylistic and thematic elements but also within the context of European literary and cultural movements. Writing Intensive.
GRKMD 112- Elementary Modern Greek II
CODE 36749 Tues & Thurs 10:05-11:55 am
Credits 4   Queens Hall 325
Prof. Skondras

Prereq.: GRKMD 111 or equivalent, or permission of the department. A continuation of GRKMD 111. Grammar, vocabulary, reading and writing skills, speaking and listening comprehension will be developed.
GRKMD 204- Intermediate Modern Greek II
CODE 36752  Tues & Thurs 3:10-4:25 pm
Credits 3   Queens Hall 245B
Prof. Katsan

Prereq. GRKMD 203 or permission of the department. A continuation of GRKMD 203. Grammar review, conversation, composition, and readings in literary and cultural materials. Selections from prose and poetry.
GRKMD 223- Modern Greek Conversation
CODE 39377 Tues & Thurs 12:15-1:30 pm
Credits 3   Queens Hall 245B

Prereq. GRKMD 112 or permission of the department. For students who have an elementary knowledge of Modern Greek and wish to improve their ability to converse. Recommended especially for students in GRKMD 203/204.
GRKST 200- Greek Cinema/GRKMD 250- Modern Greek Film and Media
CODE 56985/39378 Mondays 1:40-5:30 pm
Credits 3   Queens Hall 245B

Examines the contributions of Greek filmakers to the art form of cinema. Students will learn the history of cinema in Greece, and will study the forms and genres of Greek film, the terminology associated with film criticism, and how to write a film analysis. The course will examine how Greeks have been portrayed in the cinema of the last half-century, both in Greece and in Greek-America. Films will also be discussed and analyzed for their specific thematic and fimic content. 

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