December 22, 2004

Knapp, Liza Silver_nugget
Literature & Empire: The Reign of the Russian Novel

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

Two things combined to make this class generally wonderful: the incredible reading list of Russian novels and Professor Knapp's often hilarious (& inspiring) enthusiasm & passion for the subject. Though I was occasionally annoyed by the lack of organization in the lectures and the slightly remedial ungraded exercises (for instance, scavenger hunts), on the whole I found the class very interesting & felt like Prof Knapp really focused on the important aspects of the novels and tied them together thematically. Her vast knowledge of the subject and her screeching, unpredictable outbursts of excitement also made the class well worth attending.

Workload:

A good deal of reading: The Brothers Karamazov, Anna Karenina, Dead Souls, A Hero of Our Time, Fathers and Sons, Eugene Onegin, and short stories by Chekhov. Prof is not offended, however, if you're a couple classes behind. 2000 word take-home midterm, 2000 word paper, in class final, all graded very leniently.