Early Medieval Literature
Winter 2010 - I took Jager's Chaucer and Medieval lit class this year, and both were fantastic. Professor Jager is not only extremely knowledgeable and brilliant, but very accessible. He goes out of his way to meet with students and, I've found, is very encouraging and helpful in office hours. I personally have only gone in to discuss papers but I have friends who went in just to talk to him about texts, grad school, etc in a more casual way and said he was very engaging and helpful. He doesn't pile on reading, which is wonderful. He does have high expectations for essays and exams, but he grades fairly. Personally, I preferred having a smaller amount of reading and being able to pay closer attention to it rather than speeding through mass volumes of text like in many courses. I've never been a fan of Medieval lit but Jager's lectures actually made it really interesting. He's always energetic, thoughtful, and really very funny. His chalkboard drawings are awesome too. Basically, he remains my favorite professor and I highly recommend taking a class, any class, with him.