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[MDES W3542] Intro to Israeli Literature

December 22, 2011

Miron, Dan Silver_nugget
[MDES W3542] Intro to Israeli Literature

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I'd highly recommend taking this class if you have an interest in Israel or Israeli literature. Half literature class, half history class about Israel in the 20th century, you will learn *so much* from this man--he is close friends with most of the authors we read, and translates many of the works we read himself. I was often star-struck by him and how much he's read/translated/done in his life.

Miron speaks for the entirety of every lecture. You leave class every day with approximately seven pages of notes. It's a strange teaching style, kind of like he's trying to bestow upon us some of the knowledge he's accumulated over the years. Do not take this class if you want a discussion-based class--there is zero discussion involved. However, he is receptive to questions, and will often pause his lecture to ask if there are any questions. He doesn't really like when you critique his ideas, but rarely did anyone in my class feel that we knew enough in comparison to him to do so.

It's a good class. He's spent many years thinking about this class and how to best structure it in order to give students an understanding of the context of the works you read, and it shows--I could not have understood the works we read in the same way had I not read them with him.

Workload:

Very light. Weekly readings that are really interesting but not necessary to do, one paper that he allows you to hand in a rough draft for to receive comments before getting graded, and a take-home final that is basically an essay. He likes people to do well in his class, so he's really willing to help you along.

December 22, 2005

Miron, Dan Silver_nugget
[MDES W3542] Intro to Israeli Literature

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Professor Miron is a GOD. This is the second course I've taken with him and I just had to write a CULPA review. He is the most intelligent professor I have met at Columbia. The man knows everything and anything about the subject of Israel and Literature.
You can tell Professor Miron has been doing this for years. His lectures are perfectly times and JAM-PACKED with information. I would leave every class with SEVEN pages of notes. Professor Miron is so passionate about the texts, too. When he talks about Haim Bialik you can see the admiration Miron has for his work just in the way he speaks. In addition, Miron knows many of the writers personally and has information on them and their writings, which you will find NOWHERE else.
The reviews about the difficulty in meeting with him and his gradings on papers is completely unfounded. I was not available during his office hours and he was EXTREMELY flexible in meeting with me. In fact, many times I would stop by his office unannounced to ask a really quick question about my paper and he was totally responsive. His grading is not hard at all if you take advantage of the LOADS of time he gives you to write your final paper. I turned in a rough draft, he gave it back to me by the next class with a good grade, he offerred some suggestions, and I got a really good grade on my second essay. He's totally a fair grader.

I recommend Miron's class to ANYONE who is interested in this subject. He guides you on such an intellectual journey that you will be happy you attend Columbia and that such brilliant and passionate professors like Miron exist. Every time I came to class, I truly felt like I was seizing the opportunity of a lifetime listening to this man educate me. I have no idea how the reviewer before had problems meeting with Miron. I met with him twice and he was extremely helpful. The special thing about Miron is that he actually listens to what you're saying and provides a very extensive response to every question you ask. About the earlier reviewer's comments on Miron's grading. Miron is a tough grader because he expects a great paper from students who have had half the semester to polish it. God forbid a teacher expect quality work from a student at Columbia.

If you go to his lectures, take his notes, appreciate the texts, and meet with Miron you'll not only do excellent in the class, but you'll learn so much information and leave feeling very knowledgeable on the subject.

A must-take professor.

Workload: One paper you have half the semester to write and can turn in rough drafts to him to edit and one take-home final which is really straightforward.

Workload:

A 50% paper you have the entire semester to write and an extremely straightforward 50% final that you should ace if you come to class and take really good notes.

December 11, 2005

Miron, Dan Silver_nugget
[MDES W3542] Intro to Israeli Literature and [CLME W3542] Intro to Hebrew Literature

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Both Prof. Miron's class are gems. While he can talk for the entire class period, he is always open to any questions. Furthermore, he knows much of the subject matter like few professors -- he actually knew many of the Israeli writers. He will often share insights not found in any anthology or other literary review. On top of this, Prof. Miron is a gentleman. These classes are great introductions to a vibrant literary culture.

Workload:

A paper which he helps you in revising and a take-home final exam. Put in the hours in class and with the readings and you will do fine.

January 26, 2005

Miron, Dan Silver_nugget
[MDES W3541] Zionism: A Cultural Perspective and [MDES W3542] Intro to Israeli Literature

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Dan Miron is one of the best professors I have had at Columbia. He is incrediblly knowledgable, eloquent, kind and caring of every student in his class. However, if you are looking for a class where you will be entertained, Professor Miron is just not your guy. In the end, I took him twice because I learned so much more about Israel, the Jewish people and myself that in any other course. He is very balanced in his different views he gives for each issue discussed and never focuses on his own personal positions in the classroom. Overall, you will gain a lot from this professor. Just rememberm these are cultural and sociological literature courses and NOT a poli-sci course.

Workload:

VERY light, readings that you really never have to do. No midterm, 1 take home paper due whenever you want on whatever you want and 1 straightforward final. Hoever if you want to do the readings, they're great.

January 06, 2005

Miron, Dan Silver_nugget
[MDES W3542] Intro to Israeli Literature

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While I had a lot of gripes about this class, I enjoyed it overall. The material gives a great intro to the topic, and miron's brilliant insight into Israeli culture brings the pieces to life, contextualizing them in a manner that only a few scholars are capable of doing. Sometimes the lectures are a bit dry, but that is to be expected. My main frustration with his class was based on his personality. As another review said, he is an old gruff Israeli man with a dry sense of humor. His attitude is hilarious, except when you have to meet with him about a paper that is worth half your grade. He's rarely in his office during his office hours, and it took me three times of running over to Kent when we had scheduled meetings to actually speak with him. Because he is so knowledgeable on the subject, I got the impression that he does not really understand (or care to) how we as students work. He wanted me to address a plethora of questions in my paper, but I could not even formulate these questions because I did not know enough to ask them in the first place. Therefore I chose to write all of his comments in essay form and got an A- on the paper. Go figure.

Workload:

barely any reading, a paper that is fine UNLESS YOU WRITE ABOUT NAOMI SHEMER. he HATES her work, and I found out the hard way. whatever you do, stay far far away from her work. Pick a story he likes and write an intelligent 5 pager and you'll be fine. Also a final that was take-home for us (his eyes are bad and he can't read handwriting so we have to type) that was fairly straightforward.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W3542: Intro to Israeli Literature Dan Miron 2009 Fall MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W3542: Intro to Israeli Literature Dan Miron 2006 Fall MW / 1:10- 2:25 PM 1
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W3542: Intro to Israeli Literature Dan Miron 2004 Fall MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1