Literary Cities: Literary London: Tales of Two Cities
Fall 2021 - This class is SO INTERESTING! Makdisi is clearly very knowledgeable and presents the information in a comprehensive and engaging manner. He isn't the best communicator at times, but very kind and helpful in office hours. Although some of the readings are fairly dry, the lectures revealed so much nuance to them, and made me appreciate the texts so much more. One lecture was literally on this occult-ish pull people often feel while wandering in London, drawing them to these supposedly satanic churches. It is WILD! I will say that the readings for this class were pretty heavy, and took up a lot of time. The workload outside of the readings isn't too bad until finals week, where we had a map project, 10 page essay, and take home final all due at roughly the same time. The midterm and final are not difficult because they are take home, but I definitely would not recommend putting off the projects and paper. Austin was my TA, and he was so delightful!