Sociology of Middle Eastern Cinema

Mar 2003

What a good guy. He's at the protests, at the boycotts, writing letters to the spec - always standing up for what he should. the class is interesting and the films entertaining. I like it a lot. The tas are great too.

Oct 2002

Awful. Awful. Awful. Dabashi is a classic example of a professor so assured of his brilliance that he ignores his responsibility to impart that brilliance to others. Anyone hoping to learn something about the films or the cultural contexts in which they were produced will be sorely disappointed. Dabashi's lectures are unresearched, unsubstantive, and largely free-associative; often, a student will ask a question and change the course of the entire lecture. Topics covered include Kant, Sartre (neither of whom is on the syllabus), Hamid Dabashi's Traffic Light Theory, Hamid Dabashi's Gas Station Theory, Hamid Dabashi's Amir's Falafel Theory, and Hamid Dabashi's Knife and Fork Theory of Civilization, which states that humans were able to establish civilizations because, unlike cats, they have opposable thumbs. He'll occasionally mention one of the films you've watched, usually only to proclaim that it is a masterpiece and leave it at that. He never brings up the reading, much of which ("Sites of Vision," for instance) is on the syllabus for reasons only he can understand. It may not be hard, but the class is a painful and frustrating time-waster. Avoid it at all costs.