First Semester Only: Ms. Bleha is a theatre grad student who is now in her second year of teaching. She has many ideas about the texts and is willing to share them. Perhaps too willing. Her discussions dominate the class, and she is not very tolerant of other views - she'll acknowledge that she things differently, you'll find yourself at a loss to say anything and the discussion will move on. She's a bit too absorbed with her own notes and thus she doesn't let the discussion proceed organically. To her credit, she won't pressure people to talk - if you don't want to say anything since you haven't read you can easily blend into the background and wait for Ms. Bleha to continue on her inexorable journey through the text. Opinion seems to be divided regarding her grading policies: some say that she grades harshly on papers, others that she's a pushover. She does play favorites, however, and that can seriously affect your performance on your essays. The papers (one 1-page, one 3-4, one 5-7) are considerably shorter than other classes. Her comments aren't very helpful and occasionally are quire offensive (one person I know had a paper labeled "pedantic"). Though the paper length are shorter than other classes, each week you have to write a short email comment and send it around - this is supposedly graded but I don't know how it factors into the final grade. First semester, no texts were added. All in all, a passable, if not inspiring way to get through Lit Hum, and if you don't talk she's pretty good.