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Mackenzie Halley Professor Laci Mattison LIT2018 9 December 2012 Dear Laci Mattison, First off and foremost: your class was my favorite of the semester. I felt that you really opened my eyes to different ways of viewing feminism. Previously, I had been under the impression that feminism was all “we hate men”— the opposite of misogyny in a way—so I never quite understood why we as women were supposed to be essentially fighting for reversed gender roles when equality seemed so much a better goal. Having read Virginia Woolf (To the Lighthouse) in only one other class before yours, I didn’t fully understand what she’d been attempting to do with her writing. That class made me dislike Woolf, partially because we didn’t read any of her critical writings. When you introduced me to “Professions for Women” and “A Room of One’s Own”, I began to piece things together, which is why I was so excited to discuss To the Lighthouse again— this time from a feminist point of view. Discussing related topics like the Angel in the House and Marianne DeKoven’s Modern Woman helped further my understanding of feminism even more. I found it particularly helpful that you focused the class’s critical texts at the beginning of the course, which allowed me to apply them and their ideas to each of the following creative works. Because of you, my mind is now opened to new ways of thinking about things, and for this I will be forever grateful. Even as a 2000 level course, I feel that I have come away with more than almost any other class I have ever taken at Florida State University. You have inspired me to do more reading on my own, and especially to think critically not only about the texts I’m reading but about other limiting factors women are still dealing with in society. In this way, I have become more sensitive to gender constructs and how I’ve been affected by them, much like the heroines we’ve been discussing all semester. I think you did an amazing job at creating an unbiased environment in which everyone felt supported and that their opinions mattered—extremely important in discussion-based courses. The way in which the course was structured was, I thought, very logical as the assignments do all feed into each other, and interesting in the sense that we got many different perspectives on the works we were discussing. I think you’ve found a happy medium between enjoyment and working in the course load, which only made me like the class even more. Not only was I learning new ideas and materials, I was enjoying myself while doing it! I never felt weighted down excessive amounts of reading or writing, but always felt as if I was being exposed to new ideas. I am still undecided in what I want to do (officially) in the future in way of careers, but after meeting you and seeing how well you handle so many different spheres of your life (teaching and learning, all while keeping up a sophisticated fashion sense) I’m a little less threatened by the


looming decision. You are my idea of the Modern Woman who is working for equality, and I hope I can develop intellectually in this same way as well. Even in my own writings this semester, I have seen changes in my characters, reflecting the changes within my own mind as I push myself to demolish my internal obstacles, as per Woolf’s instructions. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed your class and absolutely loved the material we covered—it will definitely stay with me for a lifetime. Mackenzie Halley

P.S. I know it reads a little melodramatic and “brown-nosing”ish, but it’s nothing if not sincere.


Chelsea Walczak LIT3383-01 Course Reflection

Laci, I would first like to begin by saying thank you. “Women in Literature” is a very broad category, so I appreciated and enjoyed that you chose to focus only on the Modernist female authors. This gave me a chance to read some artists I was unfamiliar with (aka everyone but Virginia Woolf) and find common themes throughout all of their texts. Your enthusiasm for the topic was also apparent from the beginning. I am studying to become an English teacher and I always like seeing people that are actually excited about their job! You wore a Virginia Woolf shirt, always had your pages thoroughly annotated, and openly expressed your love for the texts. This attitude does not fail to go unnoticed in a classroom. My favorite part of this class was the course project. I chose to conquer Mina Loy’s poetry….I still don’t understand why I subjected myself to her difficulty, but I felt proud when I finally turned in my essay on her “disturbances.” The course project was also my favorite because I realized our class is full of extremely creative and original thinkers! It was very interesting seeing how people interpreted the texts. My favorite works were the cubist chicken painting and the Carnival Death of the Heart painting. I was able to see how Gertrude Stein looked at a simple noun and transformed it into a vision rather than the name. I was also able to get a better grasp of Bowen’s character development, like the childish Portia, in the latter work. My least favorite part of the class was the amount of material assigned. Seven novels, poetry, and prose are hard to keep up with over the semester. I thought The Waves’ style was so unique and entrancing in comparison to anything I’ve read before, but we barely had the class time to cover it. Perhaps sacrificing one of the other longer novels in favor of this challenging piece would help. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the Feminist movement, Futurism, Imagism, and all of these women’s new styles. Walking out of the class, I feel as though I am left with the ultimate question: How do we, as females, achieve a “room of one’s own?” Unfortunately, the issue of gender inequality is still prevalent today and I think the answer to Woolf’s question is more complex than we would like it to be. Perhaps it takes women power, like when they fought off the poltergeist in The Fountain Overflows, or perhaps it takes fighting our own demons. I am now determined to read more and seek out solutions to this problem.


Russell Green 12/13/12 Laci Mattison LIT3383 Final Course Reflection Throughout this last semester, this was definitely one of my favorite classes. I took this class completely for fun and it worked out totally in my favor, and I learned so much as well. Virginia Woolf was already one of my authors and prior to this class I had already read Night and Day, Mrs. Dalloway, and To The Lighthouse, so I was extremely excited to read more of her work and learn more about it. The Waves was probably my favorite work that we read by Woolf this past semester. I found it similar in style to The Lighthouse, but easier to understand and significantly less challenging. Whereas the rest of the class expressed a lot of difficulty in reading The Waves, I somehow managed to understand the novel pretty well and really enjoyed the stream of consciousness from character to character, and I actually found the previous novel we read by Woolf, Orlando, much more challenging. In Orlando, the plot seemed to move so quickly and Woolf’s flowery writing didn’t seem to always make sense in my head, and one aspects of the novel I had trouble with was the aspect of time. Obviously time is unpredictable in Orlando and time is a major theme of the novel, but throughout my reading I could never understand when it was changing or why, whereas in The Waves, I really understood the passage of time and how the italicized sections functioned as transitions to lead into the next phase of the characters’ lives. My other favorite novel we read this past semester is ironically another book the rest of the class seemed to have trouble with, Nightwood. Although some of the larger passages of the Doctor speaking were difficult to get through, the characters and how they related to each other were just so interesting. The character I related to most was Nora, because I felt she was the one that truly loved


Robin the most, and also the one that received the most emotional damage and turmoil from Robin’s actions. In class, I feel like I performed really well and that it reflected in my writings and exam grades. I feel like I read and understood the material very well, always engaged the material in an analytical and insightful fashion, and I always tried my best to participate in every class period. The times where I felt most engaged with the course were definitely during class discussions and during the writing of my own reading response and final project. Class discussions were extremely helpful in understanding my peers’ point of views in reference to each piece of literature, and they also helped me in developing my own thoughts and point of views. The writing assignments in class really forced me to break down the works I was looking at and really try to come up with insightful and unique things to say about the work. For example, I did my reading response on the essays Professions for Women and Modern Fiction by Virginia Woolf. I found it really difficult to be insightful when the works I chose to respond to were essays that had fairly straightforward content. But, I’m glad I chose those works to respond to, because it made me think more about the metaphors Woolf was using in her writing and it caused me to look at them more closely, like the Angel in the House and her quote “Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end,” which I interpreted as relating directly to the stream of consciousness writing style. I do think I am as good of a reader and writer as I was before, but only because those two things have always come naturally to me. Nightwood, which you warned would be one of the more difficult novels that we would read, I knocked out in four hours and even surprised myself a little. Writing of course, is something I can always improve on, and I think I need to work on putting more of my own analysis and insights into my writing in the future. I feel like the teaching and structure of this class was excellent. Although I thought there was a lot more reading in this class


than in other lit classes, you were able to balance it out with the number of assignments we had to do and you were very aware that we as students do have other classes and other work to do. Also, I personally felt that you possessed a very high level of teaching. You weren’t afraid to get the class going and to give your own insights about the works we read, and you were also always willing to help the class. I don’t think anything should really be changed. I think the format of doing the reading and having the primary responders is an extremely effective way to have class discussions. Also, I think the grade distribution is extremely fair with the grade weight leaning toward the exams and final project. I think what I’m most proud of is that I read six novels and numerous essays and poems all in one semester! Thank you so much for this class, it was extremely enjoyable and I apologize for accidentally making this three hundred words too long.


Final Course Reflection: Holly DeBevoise I loved this class. It’s the third literature class I’ve taken at FSU and by far the best. I haven’t had such a romantic affair with books since my AP class senior year of high school; on top of that, I didn’t truly have a favorite book for probably five years until now. Thankfully, I’ve been introduced to To the Lighthouse. I am completely enamored; we plan on having many babies. So many aspects of that novel, the themes, Woolf’s style, the confusing mix of the expected modernist nihilism with an incredible insight into man - it is a book I will return to multiple times throughout my life. My writing has not gone unaffected and forever will be altered by Virginia Woolf, even in the smallest, most undetectable of ways. I won’t hesitate to also say my approach to viewing the world has been changed; that’s how I know literature has done it’s job, and I’ve done my job in listening to it. I missed that relationship so much, the sensation of having a finished book, thinking “Wow, I’m empty inside. Thanks Hemingway”, while also feeling exalted. My whole experience in this class was positive. A lot of the discussion was great. I do expect a majority of people to not participate in literature courses; not everyone feels as much of an investment in learning about the subject. Also, a lot of people don’t read. Honestly, I didn’t read a lot of what was required in my past classes (it’s amazingly easy to get away with), but I read everything assigned in this class. I wanted to and enjoyed all of it. On top of that, I occasionally took part in discussions. For me, that is incredibly rare; I’m shy. There was a certain level of comfort I felt in the class; I was at ease when speaking. You were consistently supportive of what everyone had to say, and when there were dead moments, you didn’t stay silent and angry but instead would try to stimulate discussion by moving it along or lecturing a bit. It’s annoying when student’s don’t pull through, but it’s worse when the entire class loses faith and gives up. One suggestion I have is to bring up controversial questions that can relate back to the text; it’s sort of a backwards way to discuss something, but it would spark interest (then again I’ve never been a professor so I wouldn’t know). I thought having us choose important scenes from Good Morning Midnight to discuss in class aided some discussion. I think asking this with each novel and making more of a requirement out of this mode of participation would generate incentive for discussion. Your effort as a professor is undoubtedly the best I’ve experienced yet. The incorporation of other art forms into the class was wonderful. Placing novels into that historical context when so much else was occurring in that period enriched the class. I could better imagine Lily Briscoe’s painting style and had a somewhat less hopeless understanding of Gertrude Stein when comparing it to cubism. You definitely pulled in a lot of other context to surround the texts in class; it prevented it from feeling stale, although I don’t think it ever would feel that way. I’m an ardent lover of art so seeing some aspect of art history in a class made me incredibly excited for the rest of the semester. The final project had a similar effect. Throwing out the idea of a formal, final paper and providing the opportunity for creativity made this course stand out to me. It provided so many different angles from which one could delve into their subject. To see paintings and stories as a product of the hellish semester-end made my soul shine. I adored writing my story. Admittedly, it was a bit rushed and very much shortened in the midst of my other classwork, but turning it in is not the end of it. I want to get as close to Woolf’s style as possible. Even when attempting to copy it, I found my own style sneaking in which opens up an enormous well of possibilities for myself. Congratulations, you have done a better job than my fiction technique professor. Another theme I found in class was how modernism still echoes throughout today (I believe you mentioned something similar to this on the last day of class). I think the movement does mark a time when the masses were turning their attention aware from art. Modernism affected so much but nobody seems to be very aware of what Modernism even is and it’s awful and dooming. I’ve become


even more interested in current progressive art movements because I know there are people out there who keep track of what the hell is going on in the world. I really value the idea of forward movement because of this class. It’s a great driving force for creating art, and that’s basically my life. My idea for my story stems from considering this relationship between then and now. It is a sort of contemporary transposition of To the Lighthouse (I feel daring saying so). It was an amazing experience recreating these characters as stupid young people, wondering if Mrs. Ramsay would be content as a modern career-oriented woman, if Lily Briscoe would escape ridicule (of course not, because I made her androgynous), and if Mr. Ramsay and Charles Tansley would try psychedelics if granted the access. I cannot wait to flesh out this story further and make it even more my own. My essay was also a pleasant surprise. I wasn’t expecting the pattern I found in the male and female approach to the purpose of existence. I admire how honest that element of the novel was in light of Woolf’s desire for an “androgynous mind”. The essay brought a greater understanding of the novel as a whole but also made me aware of bits and pieces and very large portions I will have to read a million times to comprehend to my liking. I must mention Nightwood. I swear I read pages of that book, clearly processed each word and connected everything together and still made no sense of it. It was amazing. I’ve never read anything close to that style. I’m infuriated by the fact that it isn’t more famous. To write about lesbianism and transgenderism so beautifully and so astutely at that time, then have be so boscure? That’s wrong. I’m suggesting this book everyone. I’m leaving this class now able to say “I’m a feminist”. I’ve always felt the want to state t his but was caught up in the convoluted perception of feminism within our culture. I love how simple the basis really is, that women should be regarded as human beings unbound by any other context, or as Rebecca West put it, “Feminism is the radical notion that women are people”. This is one of my favorite quotes from the class. I’m much more open to different facets of feminism and think more freely on the subject. One of the greatest outcomes of the class was the fact that I was almost brought to tears while reading To the Lighthouse and Nightwood. The way the last section of To the Lighthouse unravels unfailingly makes my stomach swell and throat clench; those painful scenes between lovers and Dr. Matthew’s monologues hit me hard. I’ve never had such an emotional response to great literature, and the way these words affect me makes me giddy. This was a wonderful class! Thanks for being an amazing professor and reading my wordy assignments.


Kali Mutty Laci Mattison Women in Literature 10 December 2012

An interview with the world renowned Sports Psychologist, Dr. Kali Mutty for Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People:

Q. Hello Dr. Mutty, thank you for taking the time for this interview.

A. Hello! Thank you for having me. It's truly an honor to be named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People this year.

Q. So, Kali, can I call you Kali?

A. Yes!

Q. Okay, great. Shall we begin?

A. Of course!

Q. So, Kali, you're just returning from a book tour, yes?

A. Yes, we went all over the world. I'm ecstatic that so many people from different countries are enjoying my third book, The Surgical Destruction of the Competitive Mind.

Q. Now that title is a mouthful! How did you come up with that?


A. Well, to be honest it all goes back to my first college English class, back at Florida State University. It was called Women in Literature, and my instructor was named Laci Mattison. My first college paper for this class was about Mina Loy's “Feminist Manifesto”--

Q. “Feminist Manifesto”? I don't see how that ties into your title! Haha!

A. Yes, it seems a bit out of the ordinary, but it's simply a play on words. "Surgical destruction" is a phrase used in Loy's manifesto, and I used it instead to describe how surgical procedures performed on athletes affect their competitive drive...and in most cases surgery inhibits athletes from performing the way they used to before their injury. I've had three knee surgeries, and I've noticed changes in myself. There's less risk taking, more hesitation...but I've established ways to get past these difficult mental obstacles. Of course I don't give all of my secrets away, because then I would be out of a job! But most of my research is explained in detail.

Q. Wow, that is absolutely fascinating. But what I find even more fascinating is that you remember your first English class in college, and even your first paper!

A. Haha! It is peculiar! But I learned a lot in the class, and it opened me up to different writing styles, specifically those of modernist female writers, and psychological novels.

Q. Which novel from the class, would you say, intrigued you the most?

A. Good Morning Midnight by Jean Rhys comes to mind. It was written entirely in a stream of conscious narrative, and reading it really got me inside the mind...the mind works in mysterious ways. Sometimes you think certain things, and have no idea why you're thinking them, and then your thoughts affect your actions and you find yourself doing the strangest things. This book got me to look deeper into myself, take a step back, and realize what I wanted to do with my life.

Q. Did any other text affect you this much?


A. Yes, Virginia Woolf's Orlando hit pretty close to home. Seeing as when I read it, it was election season of 2012. Both campaigns (Romney and Obama) were being brutally cutthroat. Frankly, what I remember the most is how anti women's rights the Romney campaign was. In Woolf's Orlando, the protagonist Orlando changes from male to female, and explains the differences he sees between genders, as well as the benefits and costs of being a member of each sex. I felt that Mitt Romney himself needed to go through this type of gender transformation, so that he could understand the hardships women have in this world. Thankfully for me (and women everywhere), he did not prevail in the election.

Q. Were any texts particularly confusing to you?

A. Oh yes! Gertrude Stein's collection of poems entitled Tender Buttons was completely confusing. Poetry in general has never been my favorite because I always have a hard time understanding it...But Stein took my minute level of understanding and smashed it into a million pieces. She wrote poems describing common, household items, but used words that were just out of the ordinary. I could not follow her train of thought. My teacher, Laci, told me that reading poetry is not necessarily about deciphering what the poet is trying to say, it's kind of about making your own interpretation of the poem, and that not one single interpretation is concrete. That helped a lot, but I was still confused beyond belief!

Q. Haha! Yes, poetry can be ambiguous! Do you think reading complicated texts helped you in the long run?

A. Absolutely. Laci introduced me to an array of authors and writing styles that have influenced my writing style today, even in my new book.

Q. Laci seems like a fantastic teacher.

A. Oh she was! She continuously encouraged me to be the best reader and writer I could be at all times, and to always read. The more you read, the more you know. I see people my age, and especially the younger generations becoming more and more out of touch with what is going on in the world around them. It's disheartening.


Q. I agree. What was your biggest accomplishment in Laci's class?

A. I'd say it was gaining confidence in my reading and writing abilities. I was so afraid going into the class as a freshman. It was a 3000 level writing course and I did not think I had the skills to get an A in the class. After turning in my essays, and participating in the in-depth discussions in class, I realized that I was ready to take my reading and writing to the next level, and that I was completely ready for college-level writing.

Q. That's wonderful, Kali. I'm amazed that the class had such an impact on your life. I'm sure your teacher is so proud of your accomplishments today.

A. She is. I actually still send her copies of my books before I publish them. To this very day she still manages to find errors and provide suggestions for my writing!

Q. Did she go on your book tour with you?

A. Unfortunately she was unable to come with me. She was on a book tour of her own, and then she vacationed in the Bahamas.

Q. Wow! Well that sure is all very interesting, Kali. Thank you for the behind the scenes story and a look back at your college years and how you first started writing!

A. Anytime!


Kaitlyn Kloser The Waves Literature has always had a therapeutic feel to me; however, this is the first class where I was exposed to literature that I could relate to in that sense. I feel that writing is used by the writers, either consciously or unconsciously, as an emotional outlet. This relates directly to my interest in Bibliotherapy. Virginia Woolf especially touched on some of my inner conflicts in her book The Waves . As I found myself grappling with the conflict of a being a reclusive intellectual who explores with the mind, or being an outgoing, live in the moment type of personality who explores with experience, we were assigned Woolf’s novel. As I took her novel to be an exploration of her own conflicting personalities, it gave me comfort in knowing that others feel this way. Furthermore, the book emphasized for me the fact that differing mindsets can really affect one’s perceptions. Tackling this novel was a great milestone for me.

The Fountain Overflows As Rose assured us, they did end up being just fine; however, seeing their troubling times as children did bring me to sympathize for them. When Rose realizes that it is not her relationship with music, but instead her clothes and poor appearance that makes children not like her, it broke my heart a little. Again, I felt for Cordelia when I saw how much their poor class affected her. Knowing how trying kids can be about appearance today, I assume this is an enduring issue. Otherwise, I really enjoyed how West brought about the adultness of children. I feel children are very emotionally complex, and she highlights the adult way in which the children deal with their emotions. Next semester I am starting an internship doing Bibliotherapy with the children in the school districts so that’s probably why I took an extreme notice of the children’s emotional states.

The Final Projects I am an English major, so I’ve done many papers reflecting on my ideas with the text. This project is the first I’ve seen where literature has been looked at as an art, with timeless ideas, and not as something ‘learned’. Being a student interesting in therapy through the use of literature, I enjoyed seeing everyone connecting with the pieces of literature. Each student found a way to make a piece relevant. As I’ve learned from preparing to do counseling next semester, not all children connect with literature. Therefore, I loved that the assignment allowed students to turn the novels into their own creative mediums. Also, it was the first class that I’ve had to share a work—unless it was a presentation—with the class. It allowed us to share our ideas with low anxiety, as it was done informally. For me it not only opened up my eyes to texts, such as the cubist picture of the chicken really brought Gertrude’s poem and style of the Chicken to life for me, but it also inspired me to connect with other texts that I had previously viewed as being difficult. Seeing other students copy


Mina Loy’s style gave me hope. Poetry for me had been especially challenging, but I’ve gained an understanding through this class that there is no right or wrong perception of a work—just different and insightful.

The Reading Responses Before I decided to get my masters in Social Work, I always wanted to be an English professor. I’ve sat through many English classes while the teacher talked away, and I’ve thought about ways to encourage conversation with the students. This was such a brilliant idea, especially having us write in-class discussion questions. It really opened my mind up to the notion that you were looking for our ideas, not for us to simply regurgitate yours. Also, it gave me some immediate feedback from the texts, on which I was able to stabilize and reassure myself of my perceptions, since other students usually had at least some of the same ideas. Your acceptance of all of our ideas, again, showed me that you were looking for our perceptions, and you really inspired me to connect on my own level with the texts.


Jennifer Ross LIT 2081 12-11-12 Final Course Reflection It is safe for me to say (and you are more than welcome to ask any of my roommates) that this course was by far my favorite and most challenging of the semester. Although the workload was less than my other classes, I feel like I grew immensely as a reader and even as a thinker all due to your class. Although I will never be able to write like Virginia Woolf and Gertrude Stein (but really who can write like Gertrude Stein), I feel less intimidated to dive into their work and uncap their thought processes and ideologies. In the sense of my reading, I was very uneasy about this course when I read our first assignment, “Modernism and Gender.� I sat at my kitchen counter and re-read the piece some three of four times. I seriously underestimated my abilities in reading. Over time, it took me less and less time to start understanding the material. It came to my attention that by simply reading the words would get me nowhere. I had to start thinking and reading like a modernist feminine. The idea that these amazing authors used every word to convey a deeper meaning and symbol was still a bit alarming. However, I eventually got the knack of what was going on which was exciting because I really enjoy participating in discussion. In terms of the way class was conducted, I think that having an open discussion with a few open-ended questions was the best way to go about understanding the material. Even though, at times discussion could be quite sparse, just hearing ideas from my peers influenced me to tap into my imagination and literary database in my mind. Due to this action, I have developed some feminist qualities that I think Virginia Woolf would be quite proud of. Even though I still plan on


marrying a successful man, I know that I will be just as successful myself. My feminist manifesto has begun, and I am eager to see how it effects my future writing and over all perception on life and equality. To jump back to my success in reading in this course I would like to touch upon the topic of poetry. Mina Loy and Gertrude Stein might just have something out for me. Although I read, and re-read, and discussed with numerous peers and even you, I still feel defeated by these poets. I will admit, I have had some improvements with Mina Loy; Gertrude Stein’s poetry however, still looks like Arabic to me. As much as I would love to understand what she is saying and grasp her political statements, I just can’t seem to wrap my head around it. Maybe in the future as I mature mentally and literarily I will begin to get a better understanding of what she is trying to convey. I get that “a noun is a noun is a noun” but I just don’t understand how her use of adjectives is supposed to paint a picture in my mind. Then again I guess I don’t really understand much of Picasso’s work either. One day though, I’ll get it. Overall I think you were a wonderful teacher this semester and that you accomplished something that many teachers are unable to do. You made us think. And by that I don’t mean to compare you to professors who ask us to memorize formulas and what different types of shots you can convey in one scene in a movie. You have forces us to take amazing literary works and decipher the codes in which their authors speak, and transpose them into real life. It truly is amazing. Not to mention, you managed to get us to read three of what are noted as the top ten books in literature! For that I commend you (and no, I’m not just trying to be a kiss ass, I truly do believe it). So thank you for an awesome and enlightening semester. I look forward to seeing you in the future!

P.S. [I am still angry that Mrs. Ramsey dies in brackets!]


Jessica Bennett December 14, 2012 LIT2081 Final Course Reflection

The Angel Has Fallen o The Angel in the House o At the young age of 130 o In the wonderful city of Tallahassee, Florida o On a sunny Thursday morning, December 6, 2012 o She was found dead at Florida State University in the Bellamy Building, room 117 around noon. o Her death was due to a brutal murder by all the students in Contemporary Literature.

The Life of an Angel o Born in the Victorian Era, on January 25, 1882. o In Kensington, London, England. o This angel was well known for her devotion and submissiveness to her husband. She was very passive and powerless, meek, charming, graceful, sympathetic, selfsacrificing, pious, and above all--pure. o The angel can be found in books such as To The Lighthouse, The Return of The Soldier, Nightwood, The Death of the Heart, and numerous papers by Virginia Woolf, including Professions for Women.

Memorial Services o Services will be held this Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, at Abney Park in London, at 1 pm.

Laci,

I thoroughly enjoyed your class. You made contemporary literature fun and exciting to the point where class was not such a burden to attend. Your passion in the subject matter was very


evident and was a pleasure to be a part of. The idea of a journal was also very useful for not only writing papers but also when it came to the midterm and final. For a student may read all the acquired material but bits of what they read may be forgotten or confused with another novel, which the journal helped keep this confusion to a minimum—and was a good source to refer back to. I also think the idea of having a different student respond to a new material of their choice everyday was very clever. It forced students out of their comfort zone and made them participate. Being shy myself when it comes to class participation, this requirement made me feel like I was contributing to the knowledge of other students. Especially coming from another student’s point of view I find it easier to understand the material we discuss in class. This assignment also allows for practice for the students future. Students will have to go through interviews and have to present ideas in their future jobs, so this was a good warm up for that, and one day everyone will be thanking you for forcing them out of their comfort zone, so I want to thank you in advance. Furthermore, I would have to say this class made me a firm feminist, in a good way. I really enjoyed reading about woman and their issues that they face. It aggravates me the advantage men have over us and reading strong woman roles puts a smile on my face and men in their place. As seen in my final project I love to paint, and hearing Charles Tansley’s idea of a woman made me want to paint and prove myself even more. Woman don’t belong in the home caring for their husbands and children, they belong in the work field just as much as the husband, and the husband belongs in the home caring for children and the wife just as much as a woman. With that said To The Lighthouse was my favorite novel read, and Virginia Woolf was my favorite author we discussed in class this semester.


Once again thank you so much for being such an inspirational teacher and making class all that it can be, and enjoyable to go to. I wish there was a class you were teaching next semester I could take. Enjoy your holidays and keep doing what you’re doing. ď Š

Cheers, Jessica Bennett

Final Course Reflections Fall 2012  

Students wrote a reflection on the course and on how and what they learned.

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