Review Comment

[RUSS W4338] CHTENIIA Voina i mir

August 03, 2012

Reyfman, Irina Silver_nugget
[RUSS W4338] CHTENIIA Voina i mir

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I thought this was a great class. The demographics of the class are pretty interesting-- it's a mix of grad students, 3rd/4th year undergrads, and a couple of native speakers ( disclaimer: I am one of those native speakers). Regardless of this, I thought the class discussions were very interesting, and I thought everyone participated to the best of their ability, which is all that Reyfman asked for.

As for Reyfman, herself, she is incredibly prepared for every class. She has the syllabus prepared before the semester starts and sticks to it. She asks great questions every class, and she often provides students with a small lecture about the background (especially since war and peace has many important historical events that students might not know about).

Overall, I highly recommend this class and professor Reyfman to anyone interested in Russian literature with a good enough grasp on the language to be able to read it in Russian.


About 50 pages of reading per session. Reyfman asks you to write up a question weekly and send it to her, which she uses for discussion. Thus the students help guide the discussion, though Reyfman also comes up with great discussion questions of her own. She assigned a couple of papers, a midterm take home paper, and a final (in class essays). She grades fairly. For the papers, she cares most about content. She assigns you two grades, one for content and the other for grammar etc. You can rewrite it to boost the second component.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
SLAL / RUSS SLAL RUSS W4338: Chteniia Po Russkoi Literature: Chteniia Voina I Mir Irina Reyfman 2012 Spring MW / 1:10- 2:25 PM 1