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Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and the British Novel

January 14, 2014

Knapp, Liza Silver_nugget
Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and the British Novel

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Stop reading this and take her class. Whether it's a required course or it's just for fun, I guarantee you will not regret spending 4/5 months listening to Professor Knapp twice a week. Her enthusiasm for her subject is truly one of the most wonderful and entertaining things I have ever seen. I could not wait to sit in on her class and bask in the inspiring energy that she exudes every day. It must be said that this was only my first semester at Columbia. However, after sitting in on one of her classes during registration, I decided to take her class completely on a whim. It was a lot of work, especially considering I had never read the material before, but I would not have regretted it even if I had received a low grade.
She gives insightful but encouraging feedback. Not the hardest grader, but definitely think through your arguments thoroughly.

Workload:

A lot of reading! One midterm and one take-home final that was about 3000 words total.

December 23, 2005

Knapp, Liza Silver_nugget
Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and the British Novel

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

If you have a chance to take a class with this professor, take it. Liza is simply amazing--I'd read almost all of the books for this class at least once, and some more than once, but I found myself learning new things. She knows all of the texts inside and out, and often got so excited about what she was lecturing that pages would fly out of her dog-eared, post-it-noted, books. She also allows for class discussion: if you have something you want to say, raise your hand and she'll call on you, even if she happens to be in mid-sentence at the time. I couldn't say enough how great she is, just take the class!!

Workload:

midterm, one paper, final, postings on courseworks, a few other exercises to help you get thinking about the books--all useful and interesting. The midterm and the final were both fair, she'll give you an outline a week or two before hand so you know how to prepare. The paper topic is given at least a month or three weeks ahead of time, so you have plenty of time to work on it.

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