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    Apr 02, 2017
    | No strong feelings either way.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    It's a lecture and discussion-based class, with more emphasis on the discussion. The thing is, you're talking about books, poetry, and short stories; a lot of it is interpretation, and the other half is that if you don't like the subjects, you talk less, and then you just end up bored. You don't really learn anything in this class if you've ever taken AP Lit/Comp. in high school, and though the professor is nice, he doesn't explicitly teach you anything. However, this is from the standpoint of someone who is very competent in literature analysis already. I would imagine that this class acts as more of a conduit of practicing your skills in reading and writing (about reading), so for those who are less confident in their skills, it would be an education experience. It's a very easy course, and I didn't notice the professor keeping tabs on attendance, so it seems to be a very relaxing class.

    Course highlights:

    For people, like me, who took AP Lit/Comp. and Lang/Comp., ENG 298 was almost laughably easy, and rather than teaching me anything, simply reinforced what I've already learned in high school. I did learn how to format my essays to the professor's exact demands, however, though that doesn't seem to be as important in all my other classes. Like I said before, it concentrates on literary analysis and how to write about this; any student who has an interest in writing and books will probably have rudimentary skills in this regard. The important function of this course is to act as practice for these skills, to force a student to keep their writing and reading sharp. That's the value of the class above all else.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    You will need to read. This is a class centered around literary analysis, the very beginnings of an important subject in English, it's a given that you'll have to read and write. It's also a discussion-based class, so you'd do best to speak every class period as well, otherwise you'll just end up bored and irritated. Other than that, attendance doesn't seem to be very mandatory from what I've gathered, and a lot of the "discussion" can be substituted with in-depth rereads and analysis; meaning, you can skip a few classes and be perfectly fine, as long as you understand the material. It's a good class to take as a first-semester freshman, to lead you into college. I'd recommend it just on that basis.

    • Fall 2016
    • JoeCalabrese
    • Yes
    • Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading A Few Big Assignments
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    Aug 25, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    What an interesting and engaging class. It was taught in a creative way that forced you to interact with all students in your class.

    Course highlights:

    The material. I read and discussed books and poems I would never had read on my own.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Go to class and get out of your shell and interact with everyone.

    • Fall 2011
    • Yes
    • Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments
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    May 18, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course because though it is difficult and rigorous, I learned so much about the mechanics of literature and the background of literary genres, that it gave me the necessary contextual information to frame my literary analysis arguments.

    Course highlights:

    When I took the course, it was focused on Joseph Campbell's idea of the hero's journey. It was very interesting to apply this narrative and character trajectory to texts that were traditional, unconventional, non-linear plot narratives, and graphic novels. I was very interested in the women's version of the hero's journey and focused my project on the idea of witches as heroes, but they are labeled differently since they are a threat to the established patriarchy. Sometimes Dr. Knox could overwhelm students with the reading load but the efforts paid off and led to a more comprehensive understanding.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    This course will teach you a lot about the characteristics of different literary movements and give you a good background in the most known texts of each of those movements. A good understanding of Campbell is also useful since his Power of Myth ideas have made a large impression on literary scholars. Just know that you do have to do a lot of reading for the course, and the professor is a tough grader, but you will have earned a lot more understanding and acumen in literature after completing this course.

    • Fall 2014
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading

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