Review Comment

French Novel Before the Revolution

January 10, 2004

May, Gita Silver_nugget
French Novel Before the Revolution

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Prof. May is, as other reviewers have stated, the cute, grandmotherly type. She is not neccessarily the most stimulating professor-- for the first few weeks the only opportunities to participate in class were to read from the book. The class improved towards the end of the semester-- she actually asked for her students' opinions occasionally, and she definately had some interesting things to say. Overall, not the best class in the department, but not the worst, and a nice one to take if your workload is otherwise difficult.

Workload:

A fairly normal amount of reading-- although it picks up towards the end of the semester. While it is true that you don't have to do it, I tried to because they were interesting books, and I found it enriched my experience overall. The final isn't something you should worry about at all. Their is one 15 page paper, which sounds intimidating, but if it is your first French paper of this length (as it was for me), it is a good one to start with, as I believe Prof. May does not give lower than an A-. I found writing the paper to be actually a rewarding experience because I enjoyed my topic, and spent some time on my research. As with everything in this course, however, it is what you make of it--except for the A-range grade, which is virtually guaranteed.

December 19, 2003

May, Gita Silver_nugget
French Novel Before the Revolution

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

while May certainly is the nice little grandmotherly type that other reviews have described, her class did absolutely NOTHING for me. i've taken over a dozen french classes here and this, by far, was the worst. half the class didn't show up, the other half barely did the reading. forget sharing your opinions about the book--she doesn't really care. after i spent a week and a half writing our final paper, she read and graded it in FIVE MINUTES and just slapped an A on top. the class is an easy A, no doubt, but, personally, i felt the semester just wasn't worth it.

Workload:

zilch--there's reading, but since she'll never ask your opinion on it, why bother? one presentation, one final, and one final paper...don't worry, you'll walk away from the class with no less than an A-

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
FRRP / FREN FRRP FREN W3610: The French Novel before the Revolution Gita May 2003 Fall MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1