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Literary Avant-Garde and Revolution (20th C lit)

June 04, 2010

Stanton, Rebecca Silver_nugget
Literary Avant-Garde and Revolution (20th C lit)

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Please, do not be intemidated by the few negative reviews that were posted earlier. Professor Stanton is an extremely intelligent, competent, understanding, approachable, and funny person. It might seem that she is a hard grader in terms of the papers and she says so herslef, but as long as you discuss your ideas with her or the TA and make sure your argument is interesting and logically makes sense, you should be fine. The exams are not that hard at all if you read the works and attend the classes. And yes, there is a lot of reading involved for the class, but it's a LITERATURE class, so what do you expect??? And what's up with this statement that you should not take this class if you don't like Russian literature??? Why would anyone take this class unless s/he likes Russian literature??? Yes, you have to work hard in this class, but your work will be rewarded at the end. And the literature studied, of course, is simply amazing.

Workload:

2 exams, 2 3-page papers, online discussion/class participation.

May 22, 2004

Stanton, Rebecca Silver_nugget
Literary Avant-Garde and Revolution (20th C lit)

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I really liked this class. Rebecca is a sweet, if very flustered, lady, and the books we read were very enjoyable and well-picked. The lectures could be either painfully tangential and circuitous, or really fun and inspiring. It depended on what book we were discussing and the weather, I suppose. One of my fave parts was listening to what my classmates had to say, actually - everyone in this class is a pretty incisive reader, and a most-likely a Russian - some interesting perspectives. Rebecca is a hard grader but for some reason I came out alright. She doesn't hand out A's for nothing.

Workload:

Pretty heavy: about 100 pages of reading per class, and she does online posts in lieu of papers, which I actually enjoyed - reading the posts makes a great study guide (even if you haven't read the books!) and you get to see a lot of different ideas.
We read 8 books and a few short works, almost all of which I really enjoyed. Don't take this class if you don't love Russian lit!!

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