Ibsen, Chekhov, Strindberg

Nov 2009

For English majors, this class is a waste of time. No doubt, there's a great syllabus, and Professor Brietzke is indeed a really nice guy, but he provides a painfully-- and I mean really, truly, completely, excruciatingly--superficial examination of the texts (Sparknotes will give you far far more). He leads the class as if it were a book club. It will frustrate you because the plays are really quite amazing--but he gives you NOTHING in the way of insight. You might as well just read the books over the summer on the beach. Unfortunately, to top it off, he makes you do long, and unsubstantiated weekly question sets, which are never touched on in class, or referred to.