course
American Literature 1870 - 1940

May 2004

Gill is a lot of fun and relishes interacting with his students. He intentionally chooses books you might not otherwise read ("Puddenhead Wilson" by Mark Twain?!) and will show movies in class. He really seems to care about students thinking and not just passively reciting facts and conventional theories. Also, he wore this Indiana Jones-style hat to class every day which made the course that much cooler.

May 2004

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.