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Tolstoy and Dostoevsky

May 08, 2013

Knapp, Liza Silver_nugget
Tolstoy and Dostoevsky

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Amazing!!!!! I loved this class and the professor!!!! Her enthusiasm and her passion for the subject is obvious!! She walks around the classroom discussing specific passages from the readings and makes weird noises showing her fascination with whatever it is she is talking about. Attendance is taken, so you need to make sure to attend all the lectures. However, the lectures are always interesting...you will never get bored in this class! The workload is pretty heavy, but all the readings are very interesting!

Workload:

A LOT of reading, 2 very short papers (10% each), a midterm (20%), a 3 hour final (40%), discussion board posts & attendance (20%)

May 09, 2011

Knapp, Liza Silver_nugget
Tolstoy and Dostoevsky

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I had to write this review because after four long years at Columbia I can say with confidence that Liza Knapp is hands down and far and away the best professor I encountered. Very knowledgeable, extremely patient and incredibly insightful, Professor Knapp's course was incredible. Not only did I read every single required word happily, (War and Peace PLUS Brothers Karamazov PLUS other 100 page or so stories!) but I made it to every single 9am lecture. She is that good.

A peripheral interest in Russian Lit turned into a passionate exploration- I even minored in Slavic after I took this class. She has also to Lit Hum so she is able to tie all of that stuff to Tolstoy and Dostoevsky!

Workload:

A ton of (VERY enjoyable!!) reading, posts on courseworks, a paper, a mid-term, a final.

May 23, 2010

Knapp, Liza Silver_nugget
Tolstoy and Dostoevsky

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Liza Knapp is a really great professor. Not all of her lectures are completely organized or astoundingly interesting, but when she's on, you come out of class knowing so much and feeling very inspired. She's extremely nice, and though a bit intimidating, if you go to speak to her during office hours, she will remember you for the rest of the semester. She's extremely knowledgable, and her classes (with her bursts of emotion, shrieks, and wild blackboard drawings) are all...dare I say, fun? If you're at all interested in the literature or either of the two authors, I would highly, HIGHLY recommend this class.

Workload:

The reading was a bit intense (combining a 1000 page novel, 700 hundred page novel, and other shorter-100ish page novels may have been a bit too much). However, in terms of assignments, you only have a few discussion board postings (easy) and two short (one/two page) papers. Midterm and final are fine if you go to class.

August 04, 2008

Knapp, Liza Silver_nugget
Tolstoy and Dostoevsky

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It took me a bit of time to get used to Knapp...but it is well worth the wait. At first, she seems a bit disorganized, but then you realize it's just her passion for the literature showing through. Knapp is a kind and articulate professor who is able to synthesize texts wonderfully (though don't expect to stay on schedule!). There's lots of readings in this class, but Knapp understands that and teaches accordingly. Knapp is one of the only professors I've encountered at Columbia who seems to genuinely care about her students and their well-being. T & D is overall an enjoyable, non-stressful, and wonderful class.

Workload:

Two papers which is very light given the reading load. Reading is a lot but you can do it slower than the syllabus calls for. Just make sure you've read everything by the midterm/final and you'll be fine. And it you don't, just make sure you know a few themes really well!

May 20, 2007

Knapp, Liza Silver_nugget
Tolstoy and Dostoevsky

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Prof. Knapp is incredible, one of the best teachers I've had in years; she's upbeat, enthusiastic, and really interesting. She's both very intelligent and a great teacher, which as you maay have noticed, don't always come in the same package. I have nothing but positive things to say about Prof. Knapp.

Workload:

Obviously, there's a good deal of reading; then there are two very short papers, a midterm and a final. The exams are pretty intense--the final had a ton of essays in a short amount of time. There are also a few Courseworks posting assignments that lead into the papers. Manageable workload, and the class and professor make the work totally worth it.

April 24, 2007

Knapp, Liza Silver_nugget
Tolstoy and Dostoevsky

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Nice lady, but uninteresting lecturer who constantly makes mistkaes and confuses quotes and characters throughout all the novels you read. Workload is not bad, tests are starightforward and some of the books are great, but the lecture is never worth showing up to, though attendance does count towards some fraction of your grade.

Workload:

Reading, 100-200 pages a week, occasional discussion board posting, 2 essays, midterm final.

March 09, 2006

Knapp, Liza Silver_nugget
Tolstoy and Dostoevsky

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Every word out of her mouth is interesting. She screeches and emphasizes with wild gesticulations and indecipherable chalkboard scribbles. She's hilarious without trying to be funny. You'll strive to do your best work and to make intelligent comments, even though she's warm and approachable -- not at all intimidating. I develped a girl-crush on her during the very first lecture.

Workload:

Open-text tests. Papers. Not bad at all. You'll enjoy it if you enjoy literature.

May 16, 2005

Goldfarb, David
Tolstoy and Dostoevsky

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Goldfarb manages to be somewhat likeable and very annoying at the same time. He's approachable outside of class and pretty nice in general, but his teaching style is abysmal. i get the feeling that he's not the lecture type. count how many times he says "you know" in a sentence, and you'll get what i mean. He sometimes shoots people down, but i dont think he realizes it. Most annoying trait: did not hand back midterm papers for 15-person class until THE LAST DAY OF CLASS. he also cancelled 4 CLASSES without rescheduling them. Made it seem like WE were also wasting our time. Flexible about pretty much anything.

Workload:

Lots of reading (200-300 pgs/week) but no midterm or final. Papers are open ended and it's not hard to think of something to write about (20 pages of writing required total)

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
SLAL / RUSS SLAL RUSS V3222: Tolstoy and Dostoevsky Liza Knapp 2012 Spring MW / 9:10-10:25 AM 1
SLAL / RUSS SLAL RUSS V3222: Tolstoy and Dostoevsky Liza Knapp 2010 Spring TR / 9:10-10:25 AM 1
SLAL / RUSS SLAL RUSS V3222: Tolstoy and Dostoevsky Liza Knapp 2009 Spring TR / 9:10-10:25 AM 1