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[CLME G4050] Freud & Derrida: An Introduction

July 25, 2007

Anidjar, Gil
[CLME G4050] Freud & Derrida: An Introduction

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He's no walk in the park (try Derrida or Freud!). I was confused by him, but that should not necessitate that he was confusing. It takes time to work on the level with him. He's moving very slowly. So slowly that I never caught up to him. He can handle silence. He listens well. He'll appear to say things that he did not say, hence people calling him mean. He sticks to his guns unless there's a strong enough point to convince him otherwise. His thought provocations are reason enough to stand in the classroom if there aren't any chairs.

Workload:

All of Freud, maybe Derrida. (Impossible)
A 10 page reading of one paragraph. (Possible)

May 21, 2005

Anidjar, Gil
[CLME G4050] Freud & Derrida: An Introduction

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He is too cool for school, it's true, which is why all the women in the class are in love with him. He is certainly nicer to the women who speak up than the men, which does not say much, because he is not very nice to either. That said, he is an excellent teacher: he brought a new dimension to my learning at Columbia by demanding that students look at not only individual words, but also syntax, and not only what a text says, but also HOW it says it (i.e. what does this sentence do? what does it produce in you as a reader? ). The only written assignment for the class was a final 10-12 page paper which required students to pick one paragraph from any of the texts we had laboriously and repeatedly read, and show how it means (through explication).

The class and the professor are both highly recommended because there is no bullshit--how rare!

Workload:

Anidjar asked that we come to the second week of class having read all of the texts (of which there were perhaps 10). Most people probably read about 50 pages per week. One 10-12 page final paper. Anidjar probably doesn't care enough about grades to give you a bad one.

April 29, 2005

Anidjar, Gil
[CLME G4050] Freud & Derrida: An Introduction

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

A decidedly odd man, I would highly recommend this class to anyone who is remotely interested in understanding how Freud and Derrida thought. Prof. Anidjar cares deeply about the material and it comes across in his instruction, which is highly specific. His strongest point is also his weakest: he seems to believe that reading should be a slow and painful process. The effort can be both endlessly rewarding and draining, and not always successful (nor, I suppose, should it be). Prof. Anidjar adds new dimension to the phrase "too cool for school" and takes himself entirely too seriously (and yet, he is the most caustically sarcastic man I've ever met). Those however, are only personal observations, and on a whole, the class and Prof. Anidjar are highly recommended.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
MELC / CLME MELC CLME G4050: Freud & Derrida: an Intro Gil Anidjar 2005 Spring M / 4:10- 6:00 PM 1