"The best project was the podcast video because it created a team where each member had to do their part. This was more enjoyable than writing a paper on something that doesn’t interest you because you get to work with people and engage in conversations."
"Being a part of such an uplifting class with lots of laughter was also helpful."
"I feel that the other English courses I took in the past failed to sew a common thread throughout all the different selections that were taught. Being that I am a science person my brain is always making connections so the fact that this course was taught in a way to amplify these connections made me happy."
"Every part of the course was geared toward the student and was interactive as well. A good use of technology was seen through Google Drive, Blogs, Podcasts, etc. This class really brought together all aspects to engage the classroom and provide a good learning environment."
"Coming into the semester, I did not know much about the modernist movement. I know see that modernism was less of a tangible concept, but more of a way or style of thinking. It was more of a philosophical movement that addressed cultural trends and ideas and how these trends can mesh with each other. I really enjoyed the novels Passing and Good Morning, Midnight and the accompanying blog post assignments. These blog posts really made me think more critically about various topics. . . . . A common theme, however, between both novels was the attraction of the city and how a city’s cultural trends can play a large factor in determining the lives of people. The analytical essay was important because not only did we have to analyze these themes in each novel, we had to synthesize a relationship between these two themes. This is why I thought the analytical essay was an effective assignment to go along with the blog postings. I feel that, although the blog postings were supposed to supplement our thinking, I think they got us started on thinking about these concepts and the analytical essay supplemented these postings. "
"I noticed for myself that I am used to thinking in a more concrete way, possibly due to my science background. This course was a challenge at first, but after completing the first blog posting on the Passing, I was able to understand how to think and it made doing the blog postings for more difficult books such as Good Morning, Midnight easier and quicker. I liked the use of technology to facilitate this thinking. I enjoyed the use of twitter and snapchat and I feel it broadened by ways of communicating in general."
"We went from discussing Irene and Claire in New York, to Sasha in Paris, and finally ending with Bakha in India. This showed that Modernism was not limited to one region of the world but was a global phenomenon in the world of literature. . . . I was able to analyze the depth and wide range of Modernist works. I would like to continue to improve my ability to read Modernist works that use unorthodox ways of writing. One such example was 'Good Morning, Midnight.' In this work, the author used a stream of consciousness style of writing that was both fascinating and very difficult to read. I struggled through many passages of this book just due to the frantic and disorganized manner of the thoughts of Sasha. I would like to be better able to understand and analyze works like this one."