History of the Novel II

Nov 2004

I completely agree with all the wonderful things that were said about her. While I was at the lectures I didn't even realize how much I was getting out of them. This year I'm studying Victorian lit at Oxford, and it's amazing how much easier it is for me to analyze even the books I hadn't read before, just because Amanda really teaches us how to analyze. I can now make connections I never could have made if this were my first time taking this subject. I had never really practiced her type of analysis before: Instead of a thematic analysis, we do a structural one in which we learn how the book is put together. While that can seem limiting and sometimes not as interesting, it's incredible how much easier it is to do thematic analysis after practicing taking apart the structure so many times. Not only is Amanda brilliant, but she's such a nice person. I was so nervous when I went to talk to her at office hours, but she made me feel so comfortable and went out of her way to make me feel relieved and good about myself walking out. This has definitely been the most rewarding class I've taken at Columbia.