Tufts University: Linda Bamber - English - Professor ratings, reviews and much more | JumboAccess
I think the other reviews of Linda Bamber's Shakespeare course have been off the mark. I don't think these reviewers actually appreciate what Bamber achieves with her teaching style. The Shakespeare course is indeed a discussion class, as other have noted. It is not, however, a wishy-washing "What are your ill-informed opinions on 'The Tempest'"-type of course. Bamber uses this crazy new teaching style called the Socratic Method which all the profs who are "down with it" here at Tufts have been taking up. This involves asking a student her or his "feelings" about a certain text, and then critiquing or building on that comment to form a coherent argument about said text. Not only will you get to hear the sweet, honey-suckle sound of your own voice, you might even learn something in the process.
As far as the not-grading-papers thing goes: a lot of people in my class were also visibly upset by this fact as well. Seeing the look of utter confusion and rage on the face of the senior engineer in bad need of a Humanities credit when he saw that his paper didn't have a grade (almost) justified paying Tufts' tuition. It should be noted that, in lieu of a grade, Bamber writes copious notes on the paper. If you're insecure, you will not like this facet of the course.
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