[FREN 0221]
From Romanticism to Modernism

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Professor: Humbert B

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Evaluation Comments for Humbert B

  1. I was very intimidated at first as I was a freshman among mostly sophomores and seniors, but it was pretty easy to join in discussions and make comments in class. Madame Humbert does a good job leading discussion. She guides students but lets them come up with their own contributions. My least favorite part of the class was the requirement that each student lead a discussion. I personally didn't mind leading, it took an extra 30 minutes of prep time, but most students were painfully shy or uncomfortably leading a discussion about literature in another language. Other than that, the papers were challenging but rewarding and it felt really good to read 8 French books in one semester plus a handful of beautiful poems. I'd recommend this class to anyone who has a good grasp of French and is willing to read and prepare about 40 pages of text before class.
  2. The class is a good one, and Madame Humbert does well presenting the materials and running discussions, but the works that we read are less than fabulous. If you enjoy French poetry, that is the redeeming point of the class, because the novels are neither interesting nor enjoyable. If you're looking to improve your writing, though, this is a great class for you.
  3. This is a lit-based class, so there is a lot of reading, which can be time consuming if you read slowly in French. Balzac and Gide were especially challenging. Poetry is usually not bad, and Ionesco and Flaubert were interesting. Humbert is excellent. She has great insight and keeps the discussion moving, encouraging everyone to talk without intimidating anyone. She is very clear about expectations. In general, take the class later in the day when you're awake and can contribute to discussion.
  4. Mme Humbert is amazing, and I enjoyed the readings too, though they of course were not the best I read. Be prepared to work and improve your French!

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