Antoine Compagnon

Dec 2019

Prof Compagnon isn't the friendliest professor or one who encourages much discussion in class, so if that's what you're expecting you will be disappointed. But he is very knowledgeable and renowned, and if you can get past the initial dryness of his lecture style, you will learn a lot from this course. He lets the class give input on the syllabus on the first day, and make sure you participate very enthusiastically because he really takes your opinion into account and tries to choose books that people haven't read. A single asshole this semester mentioned Les Mots by Sartre and we had to spend two weeks on it. Because of this process for choosing the syllabus, it's a good course to get into stuff you haven't read so far, which is nice if you are actually into French literature.

Jan 2006

Like the last reviewer said, if you are reading this review, you are taking the class. Still, I don't know that the situation is that bleak. Prof. Compagnon is VERY French. He will not pamper you at all-- things that are wrong he will promptly reject, those which are correct will be accepted, but never praised. I had mixed feelings about this. True, I (and most of my classmates) were afraid to speak. On the other hand, it can be refreshing at times to have a professor who won't let people who would otherwise bulls--t their way through class (you know the people I mean) shut up. Compagnon is brilliant, and has plenty of worthwile things to say. I think if you keep in mind not to take anything he says personally, it's possible to get a lot from this class. It might not be something I would have chosen if I had had a choice, but in the end I think it was good for me.

Jan 2006

The unfortunate thing is that if you are reading this review, you have to take this class. This is one of the worst classes I've taken in the French department, and I don't say that lightly. Compagnon is brilliant and a well-known scholar, but in class he is condescending and arrogant. By the end of the semester, no one spoke during class due to a semester of being beaten down after every and any comment. He makes up the reading list of 5 or 6 works on the spot, and only one was worth reading, which only compounded the painful two hours spent in class. Sorry French majors!