Phyllis Gorfain

Retired (2008) English professor with interests in Shakespeare, folk tales, and theater. Small and occasionally giddy.



She's okay. Nice lady, but not really an excellent teacher. Some really adore her, though. I don't really understand that. 00:06, 15 February 2007 (EST)

Completely and utterly insane as well. Can't forget that. --, 8 May 2007

She really knows her stuff, and she even knows how to present it in an understandable fashion. However, she has no sense of how much time a given subject is going to take to teach, and so she's always playing catch-up with her lesson plans. Occasionally lets the class go too far out on tangents. 18:59, 11 June 2007 (EDT)

Phyl was my advisor when I designed and completed my folklore major. She was also a dear friend and, may I say, did one of the best EVER pieces of raw Shakespearean/folkloristic scholarship in her piece on Measure for Measure ("ev'ry true man's apparel fits your thief"). Giddy, out-there, and brilliant -- she hits the trifecta of cool. --, 15 July 2010

I also wrote one of the best Shakespeare papers I ever wrote for her class. Went to London with her. Love her quirky sense of humor. She's one of the most knowledgeable people in her field. She and her husband love Oberlin. --, 27 June 2011


"So she has all these different societies, which I've made into geometric figures."

"Sheep become the model for everything."


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