January 06, 2005

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

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

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.