I have so many things to say about Nancy that I don't even know where to start, but first off, I'd like to encourage anyone who is put in her class to STAY IN IT. Even though the workload is heavier than most other LitHum classes, it all pays off, and Nancy herself is well worth the effort. Professor Workman not only knows every single text on the syllabus back to front, but actually makes even the most dull of them totally fascinating. She sheds so much light on every text that you have to end up with some kind of appreciation for them. By the end of the year, you'll probably realize that you've even come to develop some kind of fondness for the Iliad. She's also hilarious-- she can make the class laugh, whether with a personal anecdote or a snarky remark, at 9 a.m. Considering the frugal amounts of sleep you get at Columbia, this is a miracle. She is extremely thorough and supportive. Though tough, she DOES read and DOES care about every single daily assignment that you turn in. She'll sometimes write whole paragraphs of her own thoughts or questions on your response. Always take the time to meet with her about your term papers-- the meeting are informative and instructive, and I've often found that I come out with an entirely new topic or idea that I'm actually excited to write about. At the end of each semester, she hosts a review session at her apartment, which is not only helpful but interesting. In addition to the reviews, she hosted a screening of a 1980s Japanese film version of King Lear halfway through the second semester. There's always nice cats and pizza at her apartment. Definitely an invitation that most professors at Columbia would not extend to their students. Anticipate the discussions on Crime and Punishment at the end of the year; she will absolutely boggle you. Take advantage of this wonderful professor! Even at Columbia, you don't get great professors like Nancy that often. It's LitHum, that one class you hear about like 83 times before you even get here-- make the most of it!
1 short response (300-600 words) for every assigned reading, 2 essays per semester 5-7 pages each, midterm and final