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Tufts University: Ronna Johnson - English - Professor ratings, reviews and much more | JumboAccess
Ronna Johnson | ENG059 - Continuity of American Literature| English2004-04-09

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The course title, "Continuity of American Literature," is frankly a misnomer, and should not be one of the two options for the survey course required for the English major. Every text is read in terms of themes of oppression -- this is not necessarily a fault, but the course title/description should reflect what the course is actually about. I consider myself extremely liberal, but even I was offended by Prof. Johnson's teaching style. She did a disservice to her own views by trying to support them with factual inaccuracies and superficial analyses (for just one of many examples, she gave a lecture about "all the innocents burned at the stake in Salem --- in Salem, 19 people were hanged and one was crushed to death, but no one was burned; I'm an ignorant undergrad and I knew that.) Furthermore, she belittled students who dared to question her views, and once ended class half-way through because she felt leading the discussion was "too difficult." The class was a disservice both to the liberal ideals she claimed to support, and, most importantly, to her students. I sincerely hope that the administration will eventually take note of her shortcomings.

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