Review Comment

[RUSS W4676] Russian Art Between East & West

November 22, 2009

Valkenier, Elizabeth
[RUSS W4676] Russian Art Between East & West

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This was a really fantastic course. I looked forward to every day and was never disappointed. It is unfortunate that Professor Valkenier doesn’t teach any other classes here.

Sometimes when professors assign their own reading it’s just to assign their own reading but everything we read of Professor Valkenier’s was spot on, clear and insightful (a model for the type of writing I hope to do someday). Overall the reading and individual class topics were well chosen and each added greatly to my understanding of Russian art and its historical context. She had us write a number of very short (one page) responses to questions addressing the reading. It is difficult to answer a large question in one page because you have to really understand the material (and the question) before you can present it so concisely. I thought these were great exercises in very focused reading and writing.

Professor Valkenier gave us outlines of each class with important names and titles. This was really, really useful considering the difficulty of some of those Russian names. Guest speakers were very beneficial. Highlights for me were Wortman, Garafola and Jane Sharp.

Workload:

weekly reading (enough but not too much). one page responses to reading (about every two weeks). midterm with short essay. short final paper (or exam)

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
SLAL / RUSS SLAL RUSS W4676: Russ Art between East & West Elizabeth Valkenier 2010 Spring TR / 10:35-11:50 AM 1
SLAL / RUSS SLAL RUSS W4676: Russ Art between East & West Elizabeth Valkenier 2009 Spring TR / 10:35-11:50 AM 1