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Accent and Voice: Minority and Immigrant Women's Literature

December 14, 2008

Deutsch, Celia
Accent and Voice: Minority and Immigrant Women's Literature

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Celia is an absolute joy to be around! I felt more like I was in a book club than in a class because all of the books we had to read were things I would have liked to read for pleasure in my spare time. Discussions were open and pleasant and very interesting. The writing assignments were kind of a pain, but when are writing assignments NOT annoying? Celia claims to be a tough grader and that she doesn't give out a's, which is total BS-- she is a pretty fair grader and i'm pretty sure a lot of people in the class came out with B's and A's or A-'s. I highly recommend this class for any incoming freshman-- I learned a lot about college writing and got to read interesting books! Plus, Celia is so kind and helpful that I was never too worried.

Workload:

4 papers increasing from 4-5 pages to 12-15 pages in length. We read about a book a week (which sounds like a lot but it really wasn't-- even if you dont read them it's easy to BS through). Also, we paired off and had to lead discussions in the middle of the semester, which wasn't nearly as scary as it sounds. No mid-term, and the final was a long paper.

November 12, 2007

Deutsch, Celia
Accent and Voice: Minority and Immigrant Women's Literature

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The books we read were pretty good, albeit I didn't love each one but who does, really? Professor Deutsch is super nice and caring and she was generally a great professor to have. Her niceness does have its disadvantages sometimes because students tended to go off on tangents, especially when it was clear that they had not read the chapters dued. Yet, she brings into the classroom personal experiences and is clearly interested in students' experiences in a roundtable discussion. My favorite thing about her is that she was really passionate about the book list that she created for this first-year seminar and she relayed that to the class. She's somewhat of a tough grader on papers but definitely not horribly so. Just make sure you're proofreading and concise.

Workload:

a little heavy on the reading but not that bad.... several chapters before each class; a few papers (along with draft)

May 04, 2005

Deutsch, Celia
Accent and Voice: Minority and Immigrant Women's Literature

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In this course we read good books, but each class was still, somehow, utterly boring. She has no control of the class. She allows people to go on tangents, and often joins in, when it is entirely irrelevant to the class. If you don't show up she won't do anything about it. And if you do, and dont speak, cause you obviously havent read, that doesnt hurt you either. She is a really nice woman, but is not a good english teacher. She teaches religion, which means her comments on papers suck and her grading is based on whether you met the page length requirement. This is bad because she asks for a ridiculous number of pages. It seemed like every other seminar had a lot less work. She barely teaches the entire semester, she makes pair of students lead discussion every class. Also, there is peer editing for the papers, which is good if you dont have the draft done on time, but bad if you actually want solid feedback from the person who is actually grading your paper. Again, she is a nice woman but that really isnt enough to make this class worth it. My suggestion, get the reading list and read those novels on your own time, because they are good and read relatively quickly.

Workload:

An intellectual autobiography (4-5 pages), 1 5-7 page paper, 8-10 page paper, and the final paper (10-12 pages). Each person leads class with another student at least twice. Readings are relatively decent, a book a week, but they read quickly.

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