course
Haitian Novel

Feb 2005

I cannot praise this professor highly enough. In a French department where most professors are too scattered, too busy, or too apathetic to put much effort into teaching undergrads, Kaiama is a notable exception. She is passionate about the material, gives coherent and insightful lectures, and is a veritable encyclopedia on francophone/caribbean literature. She is also fair about grading -- *fair* as opposed to generous. She expects a high level of preparation in class and holds students accountable for their performance. That said, she is also genuinely friendly and personable. The best French professor at Columbia in my experience as a French major.