April 20, 2002

Gavronsky, Serge Silver_nugget
[FREN G8730] 20th Century French Thought

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

Serge is brilliant and a true Renaissance man of the 20th century. But he's also one of the most arrogant professors here. He did not hesitate to tell me, as I walked out of the 90 minute final (composed of four essays to be written in French), that I "did not know my asshole from my elbow" on the previous paper assignment. But if you can get past his ego trip and if you have a love for the most obscure French philosophical literature of the past century, then this may be the course for you. Brilliant lectures and interesting but limited class discussion (mostly in English).

Workload:

2 papers (8-10 pgs.), several small papers, and an in-class written final. Pay attention to assignments, because Serge never responds to emails or phone calls. And know your asshole from your elbow--I evidently did not.