Asaf Bartov (ijon) wrote,
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TAU Life, vol.1 issue #1

I've looked forward to my university studies for over six years. It finally happened. I'm slightly mad.

For those of you who have just tuned in, I'm taking General Theory of Literature and Classical Studies (Greek focus), at TAU. Many new impressions, and I don't have time to work them into something ordered and insightful, so I'll just have at it, and if you're really curious, you can read all about it.
  • there are lots and lots of people here. 27,000 students, in fact!
  • My Beginner Greek class actually has a double-digit number of people in it! (some will drop out, I know)
  • You do a lot of walking on campus. And both my majors are taught at the same building -- others must have it worse.
  • The teachers are nice. The lessons are interesting.
  • I'm not impressed with most of the students. Most are way too ignorant (in general, not necessarily in their chosen discipline). I feel a lot better equipped to handle my studies than most of the people I see around me.
  • Due to a cruel twist of fate, I will be taking the mandatory English Reading Comprehension class with the Gender Studies group, meaning I'll be reading a lot of Gender Studies drivelarticles. Can't wait.
  • Prof. Ziva Ben-Porat is cool. She made us read Cohen's Story of Isaac to illustrate the concept of intertextual "footprints", as she calls them. And a funny little poem by Dan Almagor (whom I'm growing to appreciate more and more every time I read something of his) which gives a version of the Romeo and Juliet story, while skillfully paying additional homage to the Bard with a stanza that echoes Sonnet CXXX. Delectable.
  • Prof. Menakhem Perry, despite negative feedback I've received about him and his course ("Introduction to Prose"), is an interesting speaker with a challenging pace. The course is not as bland as its name suggests, but rather introduces "The Tel-Aviv School" of literary criticism, which Perry co-founded. I've only had one lesson in his course so far, but the theory and the course seem promising, and I very much enjoyed even this first lesson.
  • Mr. Eyal Nissani is a good speaker who's fun to listen to -- that four-hour lesson of Introduction to Greek Literature would be hell if he weren't.
  • Prof. Ze'ev Rubin is erudite and quaint -- he speaks veeery slowly, but has a keen sense of irony. I think his Society, Regime, and Culture in Ancient Rome class would be fun.
Can you tell I'm enjoying my studies?
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