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Nektaria Klapaki
EURO 490
Seattle Campus

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Class description

This course focuses on the perceptions and representations of Greece by nineteenth-century Western travelers, and it explores their impact on Modern Greek history and the construction of modern Greek identity. The course maps the nineteenth-century travel writing on Greece, it examines its relation with the discourses of Hellenism and orientalism, and places it in the contexts of colonialism and imperialism, among others. The course also explores the role of gender in travel writing, by focusing on paradigmatic travel texts written by women, who offer a representation of Greece and its inhabitants different than that sketched by male travelers.

Student learning goals

Students will get the opportunity to study key texts of travel literature but also to familiarize themselves with some minor voices

They will get a better appreciation of how the idea of Greece shaped the Western imagination and culture

They will find out how the West has played a pivotal role in the emergence of Modern Greece

They will get the chance to strengthen their analytical and writing skills through papers they are expected to write for this class

They will further strengthen their public speech skills through oral presentations they will do in the class

General method of instruction

Lecture and discussion.

Recommended preparation

None.

Class assignments and grading

Oral presentations and written papers


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Nektaria Klapaki
Date: 09/27/2011