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[MDES W4635] Readings in Urdu Literature I

February 14, 2006

Pritchett, Frances
[MDES W4635] Readings in Urdu Literature I

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What a sweet lady! She's so passionate about poetry that its sort of embarrassing because I don't have that passion, especially as a South Asian. This class is for those who enjoy taking a relaxing class during their hectic coursework. Light reading although can take some time if you aren't familiar with the Urdu language, especially since some have tons of Persian in it. Good-hearted lady who really wants you to do well and enjoy Urdu. Plus she grades each student on an individual basis, i.e. not comparing him/her to the rest of the class.

Workload:

50% of the grade is your individual project and the other 50% is your class participation/attendance and final..not bad if you are an Urdu lover.

September 08, 2003

Pritchett, Frances
[MDES W4635] Readings in Urdu Literature I

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Prof. Pritchett is a sweet and helpful lady.She's also famous in southasian studies circles, but you wouldn't know it from her friendly, self-deprecating manner. If you have an elementary or an intermediate level grasp of Urdu, you'll enjoy and greatly benefit from the class. If you are directly from India or Pakistan, or your parents speak it at home and you are fluent, avoid this class. Her accent is sometimes a little too...errr...well, let's put it this way--if you were blindfolded and she spoke Urdu to you, you would know you were not in India or Pakistan. She is extremely knowledgeable on history and culture but lacks analytical depth needed to understand tough poetry and prose. I sense she is threatened somewhat by native speakers with a background in Urdu studies and very at ease with non-Southasian Indophiles, and can be cold to you if you are in the first group. I appreciate her enthusiasm and effort in Urdu Studies, but she should only be teaching at the undergraduate level. To give you an indication of what to expect: First class, expect maybe 15 peopleto show up. 5 or 6 will be fluent or near fluent speakers or grad students. Next class expect the 5 or 6 fluent speakers and any grad students with a southasian background not to show up...for the rest of the semester!

Workload:

light, superficial analyses, undergrad level

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W4635: Readings in Urdu Literature I Frances Pritchett 2008 Fall TR / 6:10- 8:00 PM 1
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W4635: Readings in Urdu Literature I Frances Pritchett 2007 Fall R / 6:10- 7:00 PM 1
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W4635: Readings in Urdu Literature I Frances Pritchett 2006 Fall R / 6:10- 7:00 PM 1
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W4635: Readings in Urdu Literature I Frances Pritchett 2004 Fall R / 6:10- 7:00 PM 1
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W4635: Readings in Urdu Literature I Frances Pritchett 2003 Fall R / 6:10- 7:00 PM 1
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W4635: Readings in Urdu Literature I Frances Pritchett 2002 Fall R / 6:10- 7:00 PM 1
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W4635: Readings in Urdu Literature I Frances Pritchett 2001 Fall R / 6:10- 7:00 PM 1