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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students are introduced to select examples of modern Greek poetry from the fifteenth century to the present day, contextualised in the overall Greek poetic tradition. Starting with a brief but significant look at the Homeric epics, a major source of continuing inspiration for poetic expression in the Greek world, we then turn our attention to folk poetry, followed by the great poets of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries (e.g., Solomos, Cavafy, Ritsos, and Nobel laureates Seferis and Elytis), contemporary Greek poets influenced by the global financial crisis, and local Greek-Australian artists, including slam poets. The historical, political and social contexts associated with the selections in each case are examined, as are the formal characteristics of the different styles, including the features of oral and written literature in general. No prior knowledge of the Greek language is assumed. All texts will be available in English translation and all assessment will be in English.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorStephie Nikoloudis

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesClass discussions, presentation, essay, final exam

Capstone subjectNo

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Work-based learningNo

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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Familiarity with the major works and styles of Modern Greek poetry produced in Greece and Australia from the fifteenth century to the present day.
02. Synthesise a large volume of information into oral presentations and written assessments; perform critical analysis of texts and develop and evaluate arguments.
03. Ability to communicate effectively in written academic English, offering a sustained argument, using primary and secondary sources, proper referencing and a bibliography.
04. Engage effectively with peers and respect differences in opinions and backgrounds.

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