department
germanic lang + lit

(Germanic Languages and Literature )

Stuart Clark Mitchell (1 review)

Brien Hanrahan (2 reviews)

Brook Henkel (1 review)

Christoph Schaub (2 reviews)

Patrick Walsh (1 review)

Tiina Haapakoski (1 review)

Marc Miller (3 reviews)

Jutta Schmiers-Heller (19 reviews)

Verne Moberg (15 reviews)

Silja Weber (1 review)

Irene Motyl (14 reviews)

Viola Huang (1 review)

Sophie Alexander (1 review)

Alyssa Masor (2 reviews)

Claudia Breger (2 reviews)

Cosima Mattner (1 review)

Agnieszka Legutko (1 review)

Johanna Urzedowski (3 reviews)

Mark Anderson (2 reviews)

Andreas Huyssen (9 reviews)

Alyssa Khane Masor (1 review)

Anja Austin (2 reviews)

Richard Korb (9 reviews)

Dorothea von Mucke (6 reviews)

Gerrit Jackson (13 reviews)

Evan Parks (1 review)

Benjamin Dorvel (2 reviews)

Heidi Holst-Knudsen (20 reviews)

Tomislav Zelic (2 reviews)

Jesim Sezer (1 review)

Simona Vaidean (5 reviews)

Wijnie de de Groot (11 reviews)

Andrew Homan (6 reviews)

Sophie Schweiger (1 review)

Miriam Schulz (1 review)

Aili Flint (7 reviews)

Jeremy Dauber (21 reviews)

Veronika Tuckerova (1 review)

Hazel Rhodes (2 reviews)

Michael Eskin (13 reviews)

Dalia Inbal (7 reviews)

Benjamin Sadock (2 reviews)

Ramona Thomasius (1 review)

Harro Mueller (2 reviews)

Michael Lipkin (2 reviews)

Elia Gurna (6 reviews)

Lorena Rodas (21 reviews)

Alexander von Thun (1 review)

Congmin Zhao (6 reviews)

Oliver Simons (4 reviews)

Michael Swellander (2 reviews)

Erk Grimm (9 reviews)

Matthew Miller (4 reviews)

Samuel Spinner (4 reviews)

Rebecca Margolis (1 review)

Erika Jakubassa (2 reviews)

Kari Driscoll (1 review)

Arthur Salvo (5 reviews)

Miriam Hoffman (8 reviews)

Amra Dumisic (1 review)

Hannes Bajohr (1 review)

Kelly Barry (8 reviews)

Alexis Radisoglou (2 reviews)

  • Accelerated Elementary German GERM 1125
  • Accelerated Intermediate German I & II
  • Advanced Dutch II
  • Advanced German II
  • Aesthetics of the Grotesque
  • Aesthetics & the Philosophy of History
  • Aesthetics Under Seige: The Frankfurt School
  • Beginning German
  • Contemporary German Lit
  • Cultural History of Weimar Cinema
  • Current Issues: Germany & Austria
  • Decadence and Dada
  • Dutch III
  • Elementary Dutch
  • Elementary Finnish 1
  • Elementary German
  • Elementary German I
  • Elementary German I
  • Elementary German I and II
  • Elementary German II
  • Elementary German II
  • Elementary II
  • Elementary Yiddish I
  • Elementary Yiddish II
  • Europe Imagined
  • Folk Tales, Fairy Tales and Children's Literature in Scandinavia
  • Formalism and History (in English)
  • German
  • German 1202
  • German Conversation I
  • German I
  • German Intellectual History
  • German migrant litterature
  • German V1101
  • Humor in Jewish Literature
  • Intensive Intermediate German
  • Intermediate Conversation German II
  • Intermediate Conversation II
  • Intermediate Dutch
  • Intermediate German
  • Intermediate German I
  • Intermediate German II
  • Intermediate Swedish I and II
  • Introduction to German Literature, German Literature in World Context
  • Introductory Yiddish I
  • Intro German 1101
  • Intro German I
  • Intro to German Literature
  • Intro Yiddish 1
  • Magic and Realism in Yiddish Literature
  • News and Views
  • Postwar German Lit - 3445
  • Problems of the Gothic
  • Readings in Jewish Humor
  • Survey of German Literature: 18th Century
  • The Culture of German Modernism
  • The Idea of Music in German Literature
  • The Kalevala, Kanteletar and Finnish Poetry
  • Three Classic Yiddish Writers
  • Weimar Cinema
  • YIDDISH- ELEMENTARY
  • May 2021

    She is very deserving of a gold nugget! Warm, compassionate, sweet, caring and lovable are words I'd use to describe this professor. I hate writing and I hate literature even more, but this class was such a joy to take that I ended up actually enjoying literature for once in my life! My conversations with her and our class discussions actually helped me improve my writing as well, which is remarkable given how much I detest the art of essay writing and formulating a good thesis statement. The class as a whole is VERY low stress and well very well structured to the point where I actually enjoyed going and talking about what I wrote from my discussion post. She heavily structures the class around student discussion and participation (although she never grades you for your participation in class). She selects a few quotes from the work and will have you discuss one of the quotes with other students in a breakout room, than you share what you discussed as a group. You can use what you discussed in class while writing your papers, so long as you try to add to the discussion in some way, which I loved. In terms of the grade, as other students have said, she's a very lenient grader and you'll most likely come out with an A. She keeps things VERY low stress :) Honestly, just take her class, you won't regret it! She's amazing.

    May 2021

    I really love her teaching! TBH her class pace in the beginning is a bit too fast. It's a little overwhelming, but as long as you did what she asked for, you are fine. It's an A for sure. All her assignments are clear and straightforward. There's no way that you are confused or don't know how to do the assignments. She's also very very very nice. She cares about students, understanding students' internet issues, family issues, or whatever proper reason not attending the session. Just email her and explain. She's super chill.

    May 2021

    I really love her teaching! TBH her class pace in the beginning is a bit too fast. It's a little overwhelming, but as long as you did what she asked for, you are fine. It's an A for sure. All her assignments are clear and straightforward. There's no way that you are confused or don't know how to do the assignments. She's also very very very nice. She cares about students, understanding students' internet issues, family issues, or whatever proper reason not attending the session. Just email her and explain. She's super chill.

    Apr 2021

    Take LitHum with Dalia! I agree 100% with everything said in the last two reviews (4/7/21 and 12/25/20), and I struggled to write this without being too repetitive. She's so sweet, cheerful, and accommodating and that translates into students' attitude toward LitHum and contributes to our overall happiness throughout the semester. She is always open to hearing our thoughts and criticisms about the texts (or even the course) even as class is mostly focused on specific passages that we looked at in breakout rooms. Like others have mentioned, her grading is pretty lenient and fair too!

    Apr 2021

    Professor Holst-Knudsen is truly one of the kindest, most considerate professors I've had at Columbia. If you can get into one of her classes, you without a doubt should immediately stop reading this review and sign up because you won't find someone better than her. In terms of the class, Heidi makes an effort to, along with grammar and tense instruction, intersperse French culture, whether it be by means of movies, television shows, books, etc. And she doesn't overburden students with homework. The assigned homework is always clear and can be resubmitted again and again after online submission/grading. Heidi also doesn't believe in large, overbearing tests, preferring to give homework/quizzes on a regular basis, which ends up being a huge relief for students. She is thoughtful and extremely understanding in terms of late assignments. I personally have submitted compositions weeks late with no penalty. Lastly, Heidi did not give us a final exam. Instead, she gave us a final group presentation. This presentation brought the class closer together (even in an online environment), and worked really well to test our knowledge in a constructive way. Summary: Take her class!