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Not too easy. Not too difficult.
I was a little intimidated by the professor's passion for this course, but it kept me disciplined. The reason that I highly suggest Strauss for this class is his knowledge of literature and his emphasis on critically analyzing it. The textbook for this class is the only one that I haven't sold back in years. Actually still have it, and it's great because you can make it through some of the classics in a single night. This course definitely taught me a lot... like the fact that Fitzgerald isn't just awesome for introducing me to Gatsby.
I was never that good at analyzing short stories until this class. Some of these short fictions aren't "short," but they are all great reads. Not only did it teach me how to write analytical papers better, but it also got me back into reading. Strauss is a tough grader, but it helps (or forces) you to push yourself to look deeper into the story. The writing assignments make you look deep beneath the surface story and analyze the underlying premise like a true English Lit major would.
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Make sure that you are dedicated to really reading a story. You just can't breeze through them and think that you're ready to discuss them. You need to really break them apart and think like you already have your Phd. By the time you are through with this class, you will feel like a sophisticated Englishman on the streets of London. You might even apply to Oxford.