All Ratings and Reviews for John Skirius
very interested in the coursework, which is always nice. Not, however, very knowledgeable about the real world we live in, and neglects the female presence in selected literature unless it pertains to sexual relations. But open minded, and cares to hear what his students perceive. Straitforward exams and excellent readings. Span 60 highly recommended.
Worst Prof. I ever had in Spanish. First day, he goes over each words of sylabus taking entire two hours. For entire ten week, we had to read 30 pages for every class. BORING! No lo recomiendo!!!
i don't know what the other reviewers are talking about...prof skirius is very knowledgeable and his course was very interesting. the only reason why he would appear boring is if no one in the class did the reading because then there won't be any discussion of the material. be sure to do the reading BEFORE class so you have something to talk about. also take notes of what he says because that really helped me when i had to review all the readings.
prof. Skirius is quite boring: instead of going over the themes and ideas in the texts, he focuses on the details in the reading, probably trying to figure out whether people have actually read them. The amount of reading for Span. 142was enormous and half of it unnecessary, because it is impossible to remember all of it anyway. And porf. Skirius is no good at helping you rememebr anything. I'm not sure if anyone else teaches this class, but if there is someone else, take it with them.
I must take issue with a previous reviewer. The comment that Dr. Skirius is not "very knowledgeable about the real world we live in" is as dubious as it is redundant. The plain truth is that Dr. Skirius is well known and highly respected by Latin American authors, and some famous ones at that. His understanding of Mexico goes back to his youth when he spent much time living there and working on volunteer community development projects. As a professor he is unquestionably exigente, but he brings an astonishing background to class. The breadth of his knowledge is formidable, and a student with the patience and courage to get beyond what may seem an imposing demeanor might find his class to be a revelation.
I agree with others that he is knowledgeable BUT, it doesnt make sense why he assigns so much reading, and then goes over it word for word during lecture. His class is also VERY boring!! He seems like he has no desire to teach.. I expected a lot more from this class. Also, when the class asked what the layout of the midterm was like he wasnt specific and blew us off and ended up having to curve the midterm because people did so bad.
Dr. Skirius is very knowledgeable about the subject matter, often adding relevent background information sothe students get a better understanding of the context in which the texts were written. He introduced me to some authors i never would have read if i wasn't in this class, and who have become some of my personal favorites. The format of the class is boring, he sits at the front and goes over the readings. However, it is not necessary to go to every class. It's easy enough to get and A as long as you do the readings and are able to write about the themes he provides.
I wouldn't recommend this prof. unless you really love reading and more reading and more reading. For this course we read One Hundred Years of Solitude, Cielos de la Tierra, and an anthology he edited himself (more than 500 pages). All of the readings were extremely interesting, but they take a lot of time. He doesn't give you any clues on what might be on the midterm or final (which, fortunately, isn't comulative) so you are forced to know everything in detail. Furthermore, he isn't very dynamic as a lecturer and bores many of the people in the class. Even though he obviously knows a lot about the subject material, he simply doesn't know how to express his knowledge in an interesting way. It isn't impossible to get an A in the class, but it does require a lot of work. Fortunately, he had an optional ten page research paper that could boost your grade. I did this and got an A-. I did gain a lot of knowledge from the class but it cost me many hours of sleep. Do not take this class as your first upper division spanish literature class, unless you are extremely confident about your spanish.
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