Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Demonized!

When I returned to campus yesterday, I found my fall student evaluations waiting. The numerical averages were strong, so I hardly looked at the individual forms--just flipped through to see if there were any interesting comments. Blah blah, loved this; blah blah, didn't like that; blah blah, thanks so much.

But then I found a gem, the best comment I've ever received or hope to receive. On the back of a form rating me "Very Poor" in every category, a student wrote:
She may or may not be a she-devil/vampire!
I'm tickled by this for so many reasons. Had the student simply written, "She's a she-devil," my reaction would have been, "yeah, whatever, dude." But I love the may-or-may-not-be bit, the pretense that he's not sure whether I'm a she-devil--and indeed, isn't quite sure whether it's a she-devil or a vampire that I may or may not be. (Also, I'm not really up on my demonology, but those strike me as two very different characterizations of one's English professor: does this class involve blood-sucking, or just garden-variety torment? Please check one.) The exclamation mark makes it even funnier.

So thanks, anonymous student! I kinda love you. And I'd haunt you if I had the time.

18 comments:

Doctor Cleveland said...

That's hilarious. If it's any consolation, I'm almost positive that you're not a vampire.

G-Fav said...

Woah... it's weird how your work-image is so different than your friend-image!

Also, non sequitur alert, (sorry, is that "non sequitur") the CAPCHA for this comment is: l-a-r-d-i. Lardy. Lardy, lardy, lardy.

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Flavia said...

Dr. C: why, because you've seen me in daylight?

G-Fav: I hope that this is not, in fact, my work image. Maybe I should add these questions to my next set of evals:

Is your instructor a she-devil? (Yes/No)

Is she a vampire? (Yes/No)

Please explain.

Doctor Cleveland said...

I've seen you in daylight?

Was that you?

What Now? said...

Awesome evaluation comment! I do love the "may or may not be" element -- kind of a wishy-washy denunciation, when it comes right down to it! Maybe if you'd really committed to, say, vampirism over she-deviltry, your student would be more confident in characterizing you.

Sisyphus said...

Oh, kids these days! Whatever happened to the garden-variety succubus as category of tormentor?

Now, if he _really_ wanted to get his idea across, he could have likened you to La Chupacabra.


PS, my captcha is "uplept." I'm trying to tell if it answers the demon vs. vampire question.

Renaissance Girl said...

Maybe this kid can't decide whether to love you or hate you.... you know, kids these days and their erotic fixation on vampires via _Twilight_. Maybe you should be DOUBLY flattered: tormentor AND fantasy. (Or, now that I've typed that out, doubly disturbed.)

Flavia said...

RG: you know, for just the briefest second it had occurred to me that there might be something sexualized about those comparisons--but the idea was so horrifying that I immediately repressed it.

So THANKS for demolishing those essential psychological protections.

phd me said...

Absolutely fabulous! Honestly, could you get this printed on a t-shirt? I'd buy one!

outside voice said...

I would buy a t-shirt that said it, too. It sounds like something Anne Taintor would put on one of her great pieces of art.

Flavia said...

OV: hey, it does, doesn't it? (And funnily enough, my wall calendar, this year, is by Anne Taintor. I love her so.)

Anonymous said...

I went with vampire. My better half, who has worked on demons, went with she-devil. We actually argued about this. --V

Clio Bluestocking said...

I'm so jealous!

Peter Herman said...

Once, I had a student who called me the "anti-Christ" on an evaluation. I still don't know what that was about.

Flavia said...

Assuming that "V" = Victoria: I'm flattered (I think?) but not actually surprised that this is something you'd argue about. . . but now I'm curious as to the arguments for/against.

Doctor Cleveland said...

Peter-

It could have been "Anti-Christ" in the Papal sense ... maybe because of your triple tiara?

MurkyMama said...

Alas, I have tried -- and failed -- to find the eroticism in the vampiric genre. I've read "Twilight." I'm trying to read Anne Rice's "Interview with the Vampire." I got nothin'.

However, since you are so damn hot, girlfriend, this leads me to believe that you are decidedly NOT a vampire...sorry to disappoint.

Breena Ronan said...

The question is, do you glitter in sunlight?