Spring 2018 - HS 403 D100

Selected Topics in Hellenic Studies (4)

Greeks go Global

Class Number: 9639

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    AQ 5027, Burnaby



The study of issues related to Hellenic Studies not offered in regular courses.


What is the relation between past and present? Between world, and a nation? When reflecting on popular culture, why is there a frequent use of references made to Greek mythology? How relevant are the philosophical ideas emerging from Antiquity? This course will address the aforementioned questions through the exploration of ideas, themes and individual figures that emerge from the ancient Greek civilization and are found the 20th and 21st centuries’ literature. It examines: i) Greek male and female archetypes, philosophical notions and ideas in an international context, ii) offers a critical analysis on the dis/continuities of the representations of Greek individuals and ideas, iii) contextualizes the aforementioned, in discussions on postmodernism, identity, gender, politics and theory.


  • Participation 10%
  • Presentation 15%
  • Midterm 35%
  • Term Paper 40%



Atwood, Margaret. 2010. The Penelopiad; The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus. Toronto: Knopf.
ISBN: 9780676974256

Apostolides, Marianne. 2010. The Lucky Child; A Novel. Toronto: Mansfield Press.
ISBN: 9781894469470

Shelley, Mary. 2008. Frankenstein. London: Penguin Books.
ISBN: 9780143131847

Doxiadis, Apostolos. 2015. Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth. New York: Bloomsbury.
ISBN: 9781596914520

Coetzee, J. M. 1980. Waiting For The Barbarians. New York: Penguin Group.
ISBN: 9780099465935


Hamilakis, Yannis. 2007. The Nation and its Ruins: Antiquity, Archaeology and National Imagination in Greece. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Junker, Klaus. 2012. Interpreting the Images of Greek Myths. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Morley, Neville. 2009. Antiquity and Modernity. Oxford: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Woodhouse, C. M. 1985. Apple of Discord: a Survey of recent Greek Politics in their International Setting. Reston, Va.: W. B. O'Neill.

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