He is an excellent professor: knowledgeable, well read. He has a broad base of knowledge and is great at making multiple connections. He has a prediliction for the underrepresented in literature (African-Amercan, Immigrant, Jewish....), but doesn't beat this over your head at the expense of the larger value of a work. Seeks active participation and loves encouraging discussion in the classroom. He likes showing classic movies based on the books you are reading and comparing and contrasting with books. He does this with purpose and style giving merit to the films as well as the books.
I took this class as a pre-requisite, and it has ended up being one of my favorite classes.