Review Comment

[G6100] Semiotic Anthropology

January 16, 2013

Daniel, Valentine
[G6100] Semiotic Anthropology

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Val is a phenomenal teacher and a lovely human being, and I have learned more from him than any other professor at Columbia. He is brilliant, funny and genuinely committed to provoking the intellectual curiosity of his students. This course altered not only my academic thinking but my way of thinking about pretty much everything in my daily life.

However, if careening miles off the syllabus the second week of class, total chaos in the communication of assignments and rambling lectures with no clear subject make you nervous, he's not your guy. If you need to know what to expect from a course, like to know what the reading for every week will be and get things graded in a timely fashion, you will not like Val, I imagine, for any course. I don't say that derogatorily, he's just a peculiar guy who isn't the right fit for folks who need structure to learn at their best. For those who enjoy a little chaos, however, he's unforgettable.

[I am a grad student which I hope is cool w/r/t posting on this site]

Workload:

moderate amount of readings, but most incredibly dense; weekly responses; final paper

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
ANTH / ANTH ANTH ANTH G6100: Semiotic Anthropology I E. Daniel, David Pedersen 2012 Fall F / 2:10- 4:00 PM 1
ANTH / ANTH ANTH ANTH G6100: Semiotic Anthropology I E. Daniel 2010 Fall R / 11:00-12:50 PM 1
ANTH / ANTH ANTH ANTH G6100: Semiotic Anthropology I E. Daniel 2009 Fall R / 11:00-12:50 PM 1