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Student Evaluations
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Laura recently posted some interesting evaluations of our English major that exiting students turned in. I'm gratuitously linking to it because the last one made my day, despite the strange typo:
"Dr. B******'s Lit Analysis course is truly one I'll never forget. Yes, Dr. B taught me to analyze the staples of literature -- Sir Philip Sidney, Don DeLillo, Rilke. On the other hand, he also taught me to analyze works most English professors overlook as literature -- the Eagles' 'Hotel California,' Daniel Clowes' graphic novel David Boring, the Baffler's take on pop culture, and my personal favorite, Steve Albini's essay on recording rock music. I remember tha, during a class discussion one students asked why we would nother to analyze stuff like that. Dr. B replied that he felt that he should teach us to analyze things we might not otherwise think significant because, in our lives, we should analyze everything. That statement has always stuck in my mind, and it has helped me to achieve my goals."
We all need sustenance, right? I feel that I've been sufficiently fed to return to my classroom duties after a semester off.

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cpratt From: cpratt Date: January 8th, 2004 11:35 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I was really, really pleased to read this, Charlie. I couldn't agree with the writer more that we should all strive to analyze everything in our lives. Right on!

I'm curious, though - do you limit your class materials to relatively obscure stuff like Clowes' comics or punk? Or have you experimented with including some of the popular stuff that most academics would never, ever touch? Like, say, Justin Timberlake?
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