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[CLME W3921] Jews and Arabs

November 30, 2009

Anidjar, Gil
[CLME W3921] Jews and Arabs

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

This course was on neither Jews nor Arabs. Don't bother taking it if you're looking for a course that, in some way, fits that description. If you are, however, looking for a course on unicorns or forks (I'm not even kidding) you might consider taking Gil's class. Most classes were spent doing deconstructive readings of texts which would end up branching out into abstract, philosophical discussions which no one, not even those participating, actually followed. This is where the extensive discussions on unicorns came up. Three classes were spent on one word in Said's Orientalism. The week after, we actually zoomed out and read the sentence from which the word came. If close readings of texts are your thing... enjoy! If not, this course will most likely baffle you. I could probably BS my way through some contrived explanation of how this approach to reading texts somehow relates to Jews and Arabs but... you'd have to be under the influence of something to buy it

No syllabus. He verbally tells you which books to buy but don't even bother purchasing them-- you'll only end up reading a sentence in most anyway.

Gil himself is actually quite approachable and nice. Despite feeling slightly misled by the course title, I actually enjoyed the class. That also might have had something to do with the A- at the end of a semester of NO WORK with the exception of a 5-page paper (which I threw together the night before).

Workload:

One five-page final paper on any text covered in class.

An easy A if you actually participate. If you do no work, like I did, you can expect an A-.

January 20, 2008

Anidjar, Gil
[CLME W3921] Jews and Arabs

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

I cannot express how little he cares about this class, or teaching in general.

He WILL teach you to read in a different way, which is exciting once you get past the arduousness.

It was aggravating to buy 15 expensive books and only read 5. So buy them one at a time..he doesn't follow any syllabus. And went spent the first part of the semester reading Orientalism.

But for my grade, I thankful.

Workload:

one final 5-pager, that's it

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
MELC / CLME MELC CLME W3921: Jews and Arabs Gil Anidjar 2007 Fall M / 4:10- 6:00 PM 1