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[YIDD W3800] Readings in Yiddish Literature: Theories of Comedy

December 15, 2011

Dauber, Jeremy Silver_nugget
[CLYD W3500] Readings in Jewish Humor and [YIDD W3800] Readings in Yiddish Literature: Theories of Comedy

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I would like to preface the following review by telling you (the reader) that this is the first Culpa review I have ever written - oblige me as a I shower compliments on an individual who doesn't need the adoration but certainly deserves it. Firstly, Jeremy Dauber is brilliant - Harvard grad, Rhodes Scholar, author, etc. And while you may find comparable credentials with a number of tenured Columbia professors in other classes, I don't think their genius is presented as palpably in speech and general discourse as it is with Jeremy Dauber. Dauber knows just about everything there is to know about Jewish humor, and upon responding to any comments you make or questions you ask you will often find yourself blown away that you have a professor that speaks with a stream of consciousness (if you haven't caught on yet, the guy is freakin' awesome). I specifically use the word 'Jewish,' and not "Yiddish," because this class is a Jewish literature/humor class; save about three works (Tevye the Dairyman, The Two Kuni-Lemels and The Little Man), all of the books, stories and excerpts we read related to Jewish humor: for example, Genesis, The Book of Esther/Jonah, Portnoy's Complaint and even episodes of Seinfeld/Curb Your Enthusiasm.

If you have even the slightest interest in Judaism, humor or both, I highly recommend you take this class. Jeremy Dauber is incredibly kind, intelligent, witty, [insert synonym for someone you strive to be on a daily basis here]...person.

Jeremy Dauber for President!!!

Workload:

1) One page paper for every class that he doesn't end up grading (unless he does in his head...he certainly doesn't tell if you've gotten one though).

2) A 5-7 page midterm paper - 3 essay topic choices.

3) A 15-20 page final paper on which you can virtually write about anything you want.

- The class itself isn't so easy as Dauber is a relatively tough essay grader, but it's definitely possible to get a good grade.

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