Readings are half selections from a Lit Hum syllabus, half relatively obscure Russian, all enjoyable. Kashper annoyed a lot of people. Some reasons are very valid. She plays favorites big time, is unorganized, doesn't leave the most thoughtful comments on your writing, and unabashedly promotes her own department in a course whose description does not suggest so. You will be doing a lot of things off campus and on your own time that are only tangentially related to the curriculum. Relax and have a good attitude. The way to be successful in this class is to write and discuss ideas with which Kashper would agree. A lot of students seemed to have an issue with that, but it is a perfectly valid way of running a course, and it is a valuable exercise to express arguments you don't believe. Don't take yourself so seriously. I promise you're learning. Your writing isn't improving, your worldview isn't dramatically shifting, but you're learning. And incoming first-years concerned about the in-residence requirement limiting the number of people they meet, let me just say that you will meet SO MANY PEOPLE your first semester of college. In-rez helps you establish some sort of bond with a few of them.
Professor Kashper Is not only a very approachable and intellectual professor she is also a great person. I looked forward to her class every week. She is incredibly passionate especially about Russian literature. although she sometimes can seemed biased, her opinions and discussion topics were always thought provoking and challenging. She always made time for her students and when she was unavailable for office hours she offered hour long sessions at coffee shops and restaurants where she would buy us coffee and discuss not only our work but was excited to discuss every day topics. She was incredibly accessible and encouraged us to talk to her about anything we needed in terms of the class.
Prof. Kashper is a wonderful, saintly woman. I missed four weeks of the semester when I was taking her class, and she was flexible, helpful, and understanding. She encourages class discussions, she respects student's oppinions, and she rarely ever feeds literary criticism. As she said near the end of the course, we usually come to the same conclusions as the famous critics if we discuss it enough ourselves, and she allowed us to do so. She grades incredibly fairly, and allows re-writes. She's very flexible about due dates if you really have a conflict-- but she doesn't take any BS. She chooses interesting novels and loves it when you discover Russian Literature for the first time through her class. She also takes you out to lunch or dinner a lot, and her class included a trip to the Metropolitan Museum and the Metropolitan Opera when I took it.