MODGREEK 318 - Greek-American Culture
Section: 001
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Modern Greek (MODGREEK)
Department: LSA Classical Studies
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May not be repeated for credit.
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While Greek culture, thought, and values have always been studied and revered in the U.S., the actual Greeks who immigrated to this country were received differently. They faced many forms of discrimination and exclusion that often led them to protests, marches, strikes, demands for equal rights, and alliances with minority groups. This course studies that particular migrant group, a unique case in American race history: the arrival and settlement of Greeks, a people admired in theory and reviled in practice.

The story is one of dissociation between image and reality, identity and ethnicity, discourse and experience, as the American public distinguished the cultural legacy of Hellenism from the immigrating Hellenes. While Greece stood as an abstract ideal, the actual Greeks appeared dark, barbaric, Eastern (as opposed to Western), lazy, intemperate, dishonest, and above all racially and mentally degenerate in sharp contrast to those they claimed as ancestors. Sometimes even Greeks themselves began treating each other in similar terms. By examining Greek American history, culture, practices, and institutions, this course studies a test case of complex discrimination that includes racial, ethnic, religious, linguistic, gender, class, cultural, and several other elements. It analyzes the successes and the pitfalls of collective identity as it has been understood in this country over the last two centuries by following the Greeks' gradual ascendancy to whiteness, Hellenization, Europeanization, middle class status, sexual normality, public recognition, and assimilation.

Students will be required to complete assigned readings, participate in class, write a 7-page midterm paper, and take a comprehensive final.

MODGREEK 318 - Greek-American Culture
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001 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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