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GE2404 Asian Literature in English

B

In the very first class, Airlie shows that she does not understand the basic concept of Said's orientalism.

第一堂,Airlie就已經表現出佢唔識一個好基本嘅概念: 「東方主義」。

Asian Literature is written from the Asian perspectives, part of it is to be critical of the prejudice and values that are imposed on the Asian and Asian culture. Orientalism is a basic tool for making criticism, but she does not even know what it is.

呢科其實好重視批判西方對於亞洲文化嘅誤解同偏見。東方主義係好重要概念,但係佢根本唔知薩依德嘅東方主義係咩嚟。

Many professors and instructors of literature tell you about the importance of multiple interpretation. But Airlie does not seem to appreciate it at all. She will dismiss your interpretation as wrong even if are able to offer clear explanation, example and evidence from the text.

雖然大部份教授同埋instructors會話俾大家聽,文學嘅價值在於每個讀者都有唔同嘅理解。只要一個學生能夠喺文學作品之中搵到例子,提出理據,就算你嘅詮釋、理解同個教授或者instructors唔一樣,都可以接受。但係Airlie唔係咁樣理解,只要個學生同佢想法唔一樣,佢就俾好低分你,當你係錯。

In university, you try not to write like a secondary school student. But then, with Airlie, you have to write in that style. Because she does not have a solid background knowledge about literature, you will be expected to state the obvious again and again

讀到大學你可能唔想寫嘢好似中學生咁。不過唔好意思,你俾得Airlie教你就要寫嘢寫到好似中學生咁,你千祈唔好以為大部份教授、Instructors接受嘅寫法,Airlie會睇得明。Airlie係要你將最低b, 最簡單嘅嘢都畫公仔畫出腸咁去寫。佢要嘅係搬字過紙,個題目問乜你個答案一定要有果個keyword。仲有,你唔好有自己想法,你要設去搵到佢對每篇文章嘅理解,要同佢一樣,唔係佢會當你錯。唔係學生能力問題,係佢嘅基礎知識好弱,佢無能力睇得明。

For quizzes, be careful, she does not read your answers very carefully. She does not even feel she is responsible for the questions she has set. For examples, she asks for 'literary devices' of a poem without stating clearly how many she wants. If you write all of them, she will consider you wrong. Unbelievable? Yes! I was pretty shocked too. She will tell you that 'what I want is A & B' but you write 'C & D'. Even if the literary devices that you enlist are all from the text with examples, she just gives you zero mark.

The best policy is to ask her as many questions as possible during quizzes. For example: how many examples does she require? Which wordings from the text are expected to analyse?

呢科有三次quizzes,你要小心。因為佢改卷係亂嚟。佢完全唔會小心睇你嘅答案啦,又唔會諗下自己set 問題嘅用字係咪唔清楚。一係你測驗果陣問得非常清楚: 「妳係想要呢一句嘅邊幾個字嘅literary devices?」如果唔係呢,就算你寫咗一啲啱嘅嘢,只要唔係佢想要佢就話你錯。

同埋你一定要估得中佢點樣理解一個文學作品。只要你理解同佢唔同,你就係錯。佢唔會有能力同你講道理,記住,佢真係無教大學嘅能力。你要好似中學生咁,以佢嘅答案為標準。唔好有批判思考,你要忘記自己想法。

Don't think that you will get an A from her only because you never have problems with other professors or instructors. Because she does not have the similar academic levels and openness, she will belittle your works.

唔好以為你可以喺其他教授或instructors手上拎高分,你都可以喺佢手上拎到。因為佢無同一樣嘅學術水平同開放度,佢將會完全睇小你嘅分析同理解。

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