May 22, 2005

Belknap, Robert Silver_nugget
Russian Drama: Chekhov to Present

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

Professor Belknap is the best Professor I have ever encountered at Columbia.
His classes are increadibly interesting even for a non-native Russian. He has been traveling a lot to Russia since he was young and he can tell a lot of fascinating stories. His knowledge of the theater is amazing and this class will introduce some interesting theatrical terms.

The readings are not overwhelming and there is no midterm. The class is usually under 10 people so there is a lot of discussion going on an by the end of the semester it feels like you are leaving your family when it is time to say goodbye.

The paper that can be rewritten as many times as possible before the deadline (so the earlier yuo start the better it comes out) is an analysis of two plays: mainly comparison with similarities and differences. Professor Belknap is so helpful with the papers that it is impossible to do badly.
The final is 3 hours at the end of the semester and will require the knowledge of at least half of the 30 plays that were read before and it is managable.
Overall the greatest class ever, take it without hesiattion if you want to read fun dramas and have a great discussion.


No midterm10-page paper due at the final examFinal exam