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Pretty easy, overall.
Generally, older literature comes off as dull, boring, and dry. However, the class I participated in was highly engaging and the chosen pieces were fun and addicting. Each class was a thorough discussion about the piece of literature read the day before, and the professor encouraged us to apply present situations and thoughts to the literature dated back as far as the oldest piece of fiction. This class reminded us that even humans back then had a peculiar sense of humor and vivid imagination.
Before this course, I believed my writing skills were just fine, but after three extensive, analytical papers, I found it improving overall. I learned that our daily situations can still be applied to the situations of older literature, and that humans haven't changed much. Issues now, such as inequality, oppression, and superiority, have been written in literature (like Medea or Thousand and One Nights) for centuries. Overall I've learned to try and understand older literature pieces through their perspective and our present day perspective.
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Advice for students:
Make sure to take this class when you're not swamped with work or other classes! Even though many of the picks are fun to read, they do take a lot of time to digest and understand. I advise keeping a reading journal and plotting down key elements, ideas, analysis, and characters reviews while reading.