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[MDES W3000x] Theory and Culture

January 18, 2014

Dabashi, Hamid
[MDES W3000x] Theory and Culture

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Professor Dabashi is clearly more interested in himself than in his students, as a quick glance at his website will make apparent. The readings for Theory and Culture are very interesting. I thought this course could have been as valuable as CC, covering a wide range of canonical texts. I did not anticipate Dabashi's incompetence as a lecturer. He frequently missed class, and on one occasion waltzed in and asked the students what he was supposed to be lecturing about. He is the classic case of a professor caught up in himself and academia, paying little attention to the--what's it called again--real world, which probably explains his obsession with the phrase "fictive imagination." That being said, he is clearly intelligent, and his lectures were occasionally interesting. I just wished he actually focused on the texts instead of rambling about more or less the same thing every class.


Not bad. One midterm paper of five or six pages, and one final paper of ten. Around 200 pages of reading a week, but who's checking?

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