Review Comment

Baudelaire and Mallarme

December 06, 2005

Lotringer, Sylvere Silver_nugget
Baudelaire and Mallarme and [FREN W3670] Dada and Surrealism

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Having class with lotringer was really an easy pleasure. All you have to do is come and hear him speak when you feel like it. He will surely captivate your interest because he is knowledgeable in really almost any subject. He has never come to class with any notes and REALLY knows his stuff. Like for the Dada and Surrealism class, he actually knew the people we were talking about personally (Dali!! baudrillard, Guy Debord, Yves, Klein, and many more) He is very understanding and very nice, like if you're not so comfortable with the french language, you can write your papers in english.
He is really a genius when it comes to contemporary american society, and will allow you to explore any subject of interest to you.

Workload:

for all is classes: 1 short paper (3-4pages), one oral presentation on a subject of interest (can be done in english with no penalty), and one final paper if he remembers. Lots of reading, but you really don't have to do any, read just what you find interesting!

June 17, 2003

Lotringer, Sylvere Silver_nugget
Baudelaire and Mallarme

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Prof. Lotringer's class on B+M was definitely challenging--my hand shook while taking notes for the first two weeks! But, quite honestly, the course was one of the best I've taken at Columbia. Sylvere is brilliant--his lectures on Mallarme's poetry make the words and the language come alive. I've never been so impressed by a professor before. A caveat for the lazy--this is NOT a mickey mouse course. You are expected to read, to research, and to think at a higher level than other literature courses. It was, by far, the most difficult french course that I've taken in my two years as a french major. However, it was also the most rewarding.

Workload:

varies from semester to semester; usu. one 4 page midterm essay and a longer final paper. grading is fair, but not overly harsh

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
FRRP / FREN FRRP FREN W3553: Baudelaire and Mallarme: Baudelarie and Mallarme Sylvere Lotringer 2005 Spring TR / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1