April 14, 2008

Ali (al-Musawi), Muhsin Silver_nugget
[CLME G6223] The Post-Colonial Arabic Novel

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

I had high hopes for this class based on some of the earlier reviews, but they were mostly dashed. Musawi rambles quite a bit; some of his anecdotes are funny, but rarely all that illuminating.

The reading list was mostly good and was what finally induced me to take the course. In that sense, I don't regret it, since I spent a lot more time on the reading than on the class, and we covered some important novels.

Overall: boring class, good readings, not too much work; a good way to top off a schedule with other, more challenging classes.

Workload:

Reading: one novel per week, between 150 and 400 pages. Plus one paper, one presentation, one critique of another person's presentation (delivered in class; usually no one in our class got to do this since after a single sentence Musawi would cut the person off and drone on). You can skip the reading occasionally.