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First Year Seminar - Love

January 10, 2011

Kashper, Mara
First Year Seminar - Love and Love

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Readings are half selections from a Lit Hum syllabus, half relatively obscure Russian, all enjoyable.
Kashper annoyed a lot of people. Some reasons are very valid. She plays favorites big time, is unorganized, doesn't leave the most thoughtful comments on your writing, and unabashedly promotes her own department in a course whose description does not suggest so.
You will be doing a lot of things off campus and on your own time that are only tangentially related to the curriculum. Relax and have a good attitude.
The way to be successful in this class is to write and discuss ideas with which Kashper would agree. A lot of students seemed to have an issue with that, but it is a perfectly valid way of running a course, and it is a valuable exercise to express arguments you don't believe. Don't take yourself so seriously.
I promise you're learning. Your writing isn't improving, your worldview isn't dramatically shifting, but you're learning.
And incoming first-years concerned about the in-residence requirement limiting the number of people they meet, let me just say that you will meet SO MANY PEOPLE your first semester of college. In-rez helps you establish some sort of bond with a few of them.

Workload:

8 novels/novellas/plays, plus a few relatively short passages she prints out for you, about which she will have you prepare and e-mail thoughtful discussion questions (does not always require totally reading the assignment). Two 4-page papers, for which you submit an ungraded rough draft. She'll basically tell you exactly what to do to get a good grade. So, very very light until the end when she has you make a 12-15 minute film in a group of about 4. This is right before finals, and takes forever to do well.

November 19, 2009

Kashper, Mara
First Year Seminar - Love and Love

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Professor Kashper Is not only a very approachable and intellectual professor she is also a great person. I looked forward to her class every week. She is incredibly passionate especially about Russian literature. although she sometimes can seemed biased, her opinions and discussion topics were always thought provoking and challenging. She always made time for her students and when she was unavailable for office hours she offered hour long sessions at coffee shops and restaurants where she would buy us coffee and discuss not only our work but was excited to discuss every day topics. She was incredibly accessible and encouraged us to talk to her about anything we needed in terms of the class.

Workload:

Pretty standard. 1 book every week or two, questions and one page comparisons required, but incredible text selections that were a joy to read. 3 papers and a movie project (which involved a script writing and filming grade).

January 30, 2004

Kashper, Mara
First Year Seminar - Love

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I LOVE this lady! She is so sweet and understanding, and she chose wonderful books for us to read. She was my first English prof here and I couldn't have asked for a better teacher. Though she sometimes had unrealistic expectations of what the class could do, I found her to be extremely engaging and I really enjoyed her class.

Workload:

Normal to easy: 3 papers with rewrites, a final project that was a little unrealistic, but she graded it VERY fairly. Fairly normal amount of reading (about a book a week), but INTERESTING books!

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