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NYU Summer in Athens strives to provide students with a means of understanding Greek culture within the context of lived experience. Special emphasis is placed on visiting and exploring significant cultural and historical sites, not only in Athens but also in other parts of Greece. Field trips, cultural activities, and guest lecturers constitute an integral component of the program; students are expected to attend and actively participate in all of them.Elementary Modern Greek,V56.9103 (Level I), V56.9104 (Level II) - Kargiotis - 4 points No previous language experience required for V56.9103.Prerequisite for V56.9104: V56.0103 or placement test.As an introduction to modern Greek, this course provides students with the fundamentals of grammar, syntax, oral expression, listening comprehension, reading, and composition. Students develop the skills and vocabulary necessary to read simple texts and hold basic conversations. Students are introduced to modern Greek culture, history, and society, since the ultimate goal of the course is to enrich their understanding of multiple, living Greek realities through the language. Teaching materials include current newspaper articles, graded literary passages, songs, and various linguistic games.Intermediate Modern Greek V56.9105 (Level I), V56.9106 (Level II) - Kargiotis - 4 points Prerequisite: V56.0104 or placement test.,Designed for students who already have a familiarity with modern Greek. Students are expected to be acquainted with the most significant structures of grammar and syntax and to have acquired the foundations for basic conversation in Greek. The course introduces students to more complex linguistic and grammatical analysis, advanced composition, and graded reading. It also provides further practice in speaking and works to enrich the student's vocabulary. Readings and discussions of selected works of prose, poetry, and theatre serve as an introduction to aspects of modern Greek civilization and as an occasion for comprehensive discussions of contemporary Greek society.The City of Athens V56.9130 (Identical with V57.9200) - Theodoratou - 4 points Conducted in English.Assuming that Athens serves as a window into Greek history and culture, this course provides students with an opportunity to encounter Greece through the architecture, monuments, art, and music of Athens. From its early beginnings as a center for art and literature, for commerce and industry, to its emergence as the capital of the new Greek state, Athens has always been a city in transition, a museum of Greek history as well as an active, living entity. It retains the traces of the political, economic, religious, and cultural history of Greece—in its streets, its buildings, its glorious artifacts and ruins—even as it struggles to move forward. Students are introduced to the beauty and history of a city whose identity is inextricably bound to mythology and to the history of a country that many regard as the birthplace of Western civilization. Visits to archaeological centers, museums, music bars, and several of the city's most important cultural and historical sites are included.The Archaeology of Greece V27.9352 - Zafeiriadis- 4 points Conducted in English.In the world's literary and intellectual imagination, Greece is a land of ruins and monuments. Conceptualizing and idealizing Greece's ancient past, archaeology has played a crucial role in the discursive and ideological formation of modern Greece and Neohellenism. In this course, students are introduced to several of Greece's most significant archaeological sites - sites that bear the traces of Greece's prehistoric era, its classical past, the Roman conquest, the Byzantine period, and beyond. The course seeks to assess the various ways in which contemporary Greece has borne the burden of its antiquity and how its "past glories" are inscribed in its present cultural life as a modern Mediterranean, Balkan, and European country located on the crossroads of the East and West. For this to be achieved, we will read stories of Greek travel from a host of writers. The course considers materials drawn not only from archaeology but also from anthropology, travel accounts, literature, and cultural geography. Field trips to archaeological sites and visits to museums are included. Through individual projects and written assignments, students are expected to develop their skills of observation and analysis, as well as pursue an in-depth "reading" not only of Greece's past, but also of present day Greece in all its complexity and richness.A Land of Light and Shadows: Modern Greek Literature and Photography V56.9150 - Cadava - 4 points Conducted in English.
All photography belongs to the sun, which is why, for George Seferis, it belongs to Greece. But what is it that encourages Seferis to focus, like a kind of camera, on the relations among photography, memory, and the sun? Since its advent in the nineteenth century, photography has been a privileged figure in literature's efforts to reflect upon its own modes of representation. This seminar will trace the history of the rapport between literature and photography by looking closely at a number of literary and theoretical texts that differently address questions central to both literature and photography: the nature of representation, reproduction, memory and forgetting, history, images, perception, and knowledge. Reading texts by Nadar and Charles Baudelaire, we will try to delineate this constellation of questions and then, using this set of questions as a kind of frame, we will spend the rest of our time tracing the ways in which the Modern Greek poets George Seferis, Odysseus Elytis, Andreas Embiricos, and Yannis Ritsos repeatedly evoke the language of photography to talk about the nature of memory and perception, and to encourage us to register the way in which photography provides an entire vocabulary for what Proust calls "the optics of the mind": the flashes of insight and intuition, the light and shadows that enable and interrupt perception, the workings of memory as it tries to seize or fix an image, and in general the various ways in which we perceive or represent the world around us.
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