December 16, 2006

Swift, Daniel Silver_nugget
[FYSB BC1156/69] First Year Seminar: Legacy of the Mediterranean I

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

Daniel Swift definitely helped my writing-- he really wants you to dig deeper and "push it further." The class is all about close reading-- extremely close reading. This can get really boring sometimes. He encourages discussion but he chooses to focus on somewhat mundane topics. All in all, you could do worse for first year english. He'll be really helpful when you meet with him one-on-one (he's normally available on campus and he responds to emails almost instantly). If anything, the class gives you a fascinating topic of discussion: his orientation. Oh, and the last day of class, he'll tell you how he met Gwyneth Patrow. ("she's quite lovely").

Workload:

Not too much. A couple of essays that you can revise. (But he expects the revisions to be completely different from the original). Reading, but if you don't participate, you don't really need to read the books. One research paper, with revision, due at the end of the course that counts as your final.