Elective Course (E)

Courses like this one bring the students in contact with the countries, from the language of which they learn to translate. There exist in our department courses in the civilization, the literature and the social realities of United Kingdom, France, Germany, Turkey, Italy and Albania. In this course the students are taught the history, the social condition, the civilization of Spain. More specifically: we start with the history of Arab consolidation in Spain and the creation of Al – Andalus and we continue with the Reconquista and its special importance for the Spanish psyche.

This course aims at exploring and analyzing the relationship between language, culture and social phenomena inside Turkey. Special focus is given to the study –with the aid of specially selected writings- of relevant situations through the changes occurred in written speech. The subjects dealt with focus on: 1) the transfer of culture through the language 2) the language’s feed-back capability in everyday situations 3) the influence exercised on language by realities such as power and inequality 4) the relationship between language and socio-political changes.

In this course we consider central aspects of Albanian culture: the existence of two different cultures within the nation state, the history of Albanian customs and traditions in the North and South of the country, with particular focus on unwritten codes of conduct (customary law).

In this course we focus on the history of the Albanian language, the issue of oral and written forms in the dialects used in the country, the Congress on the alphabet to be adopted, language reforms and Western and Eastern influences and especially influences from neighboring nations, the standardization of language to be used officially, relations between language and national identity, minority languages as they exist in the national area of Albania. We also consider the development of Albanian-speaking ethnic regions (Albania, Kosovo, FYROM ).

Literature and Psychoanalysis: Sigmund Freud, Arthur Schnitzler and Stanley Kubrick. "The Interpretation of Dreams" and "A dream story" behind "Eyes Wide Shut".

This class examines one or two important Modern Greek poets, their poetic work and the relevant criticism (2015-16: Seferis).

This class examines the theory of the Greek Language Question, the theoretical discussion and 19th- and 20th-century literature that relates to it.

The course intends to associate students with the intricate realities of Middle Eastern social, political and religious life. Having as our starting point modern Turkey’s relations with the Middle East, we strive to understand the reasons behind the wars, the anarchy, the oppression but also the vibrant culture of the countries of the Middle East.

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