Review Comment

[FREN BC3043] French Women Writers since 1945

January 25, 2009

Boyman, Anne Silver_nugget
[FREN BC3043] French Women Writers since 1945

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The title of this course is deceptive. You don't learn about French women writers. You learn about four women who fit one very specific movement within 20th century Marxist France. Granted, fascinating and influential writers, but jeez. This is all about hearing Boyman namedrop. She lectures constantly even though discussion is really a better format for this course; she expects you to be familiar with Robbe-Grillet and Sartre without assigning them in the course. No one wants more reading, but more assignments really would have been better for overall course cohesion. Classes were endless. Sometimes they would turn into a one-on-one conversation between the prof and her favorite student; that's a sign you need to be doing something different in your teaching method. Her corrections of your French are appreciated and not as harsh as other reviewers seem to think. The final paper was thrown at us with little direction, and since all we learned was that Sarraute and Lacan exist--not how to read them side by side, these are some reading strategies, these are some criticisms, just they exist and this is wonderful, right? (Boyman always ends her sentences with a question, either "yeah?" or "right?" as though she thinks she's inviting you to disagree with her... ha!)--I floundered. I think some students adored her, but I'd find a different class next time.

Workload:

a fair bit of reading in French which can be difficult without a dictionary. midterm, final paper, one in-class presentation unless you're a brown-nosing mouse in which case your oral is a private conversation with her. tough grading unless she likes you.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC3043: Feminism and Literature: 20th Cen French Women Writers Anne Boyman 2008 Fall TR / 10:35-11:50 AM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC3043: Feminism and Literature: 20th Cen French Women Writers Anne Boyman 2001 Fall TR / 1:10- 2:25 PM 1