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Not too easy. Not too difficult.
I would definitely recommend this class, but not for the conventional reasons, such as "an easy syllabus" or a "cool professor." (Although Professor Loughran often brings her dog to class and is pretty current on pop culture references.) This class is ALOT of work and requires consistent attendance and participation. However, by the end of the course, you will literally know SO much about American Literature and you'll feel like you can have a serious dialogue in your future classes about many of the canon texts you encounter. It's not without work, but it is definitely worth the brain power.
I learned to break ground in the previous fallacies I held about American literature and culture within written contexts. I was offered different lenses of reading I had previously been unaware of, and I felt like I could make an educated comparison to other counter-cultures I'd experience in the future. The highlights of this course are definitely discussion sections, where students are able to navigate their own understandings of concepts and facilitate dialogues based upon intellectually challenging material.
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Be prepared to read and conduct your own research before lectures in order to keep up with the professor. The texts are challenging, but designed to help you build your contextual understanding and leave you feeling fundamentally stable in your interpretations of literature.