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Avant-Garde Literature and Revolution

May 17, 2006

Stanton, Rebecca Silver_nugget
Avant-Garde Literature and Revolution

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Rebecca Stanton is great, but a ridiculous grader. I put a TON of work into the class and I did horrendously for some mysterious reason. I loved Russian literature, but I can't really afford to work that hard in a class and not be rewarded for it. So I guess that's the only Russian lit class I'm going to take.

If you can turn out English major-style B.S. or are really familiar with Russian literature, go for it and you'll probably do fine. Otherwise, even if you work hard, you probably don't do well.

Workload:

Heavy, despite there not being papers or any way to see how you're doing during the semester other than a barely-weighted midterm.

November 05, 2005

Stanton, Rebecca Silver_nugget
Avant-Garde Literature and Revolution

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As cliched as it sounds, this class really did change my life. I changed my major from English to Comparative Literature (Russian being one of the languages) and am scrounging around to get together loans to do an intensive Russian language program this summer. I knew basically nothing about Russia before I took this class. I went accidentally thinking it was just the avant-garde in general, not specifically the Russian avant-garde. I decided to stay, not recognizing a single name on the syllabus, and I that decision was based on the incredibly insightful things I heard coming from Professor Stanton. Many teachers here are have just read a lot and spend the entire class cross-referencing, but Rebecca was creative in her approach to deconstructing the literature. She even tied in things from Walt Disney programs on space exploration (which she seemed to watch pretty frequently). Many people complain that her lectures are scattered, but I didn't find that to be the case. It was just that she had so many things to say whereas other professors come to class with two points they spend the entire period reiterating. She is so enthusiastic about the material. She once told us she was walking through the park thinking about which 20th century Russian writer she'd most like to write a love letter to. This class was amazing. Please take it.

Workload:

There are online postings twice a week (ungraded) which together with your comments in class count as 50 percent of the grade. The midterm was 20 and the final was 30, both easy if you talk to her ahead of time about what she expects. She'll give you a quote and tell you to write 3 interesting things. The "things" you're expected to say are much simpler than you think. Oh, and no papers!

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