Survey of Literature: Age of Enlightenment to 20th Century
Spring 2019 - If you're looking for a Writing II GE, literally any GE would be better! If you want to get publicly shamed in front of an entire lecture hall for not doing a reading, this is the class for you! This professor literally did this to some students in the class and made them leave in the middle of a lecture. This is her main tactic to ensure you do A LOT of reading for each lecture. As for the grading, it is 50% for 2 papers and 25% for participation and 25% for the final paper. The grading is all about the TA so you better pray to get a good one or you're in real trouble. Her lectures are literally her talking for an hour with no slides or any visual aids. If you aren't an auditory learner, good luck! For those who must take this class as Comparative Literature majors, I'd look to another professor to save yourself the pain.
One of my favorite professors. She's really nice and makes the class interesting even to us engineers/south campus people. The books and stories we read (Dracula, Translations, etc.) were pretty good. This might depend on the TA, but grading is very easy with 40% A's and 50% B's.
Fall 2021 - For starters, I have to put in the disclaimer that I am a north campus major, so that is the perspective I am writing from. With that being said, I would look at other Writing 2 Classes if you're a south campus major. It's by no means a bad class, it's just probably not as easy other classes that meet the requirement. Professor Komar herself is one of the better lecturers I've had at UCLA. Her lectures were meaningful, insightful, and light-hearted at times. As a person Komar came across as very wholesome, and it really helped balance the complex nature of the subject matter at times. She often encouraged student discussion, and really tried to make the learning environment inclusive for everyone. Nonetheless, the structure of the class just creates a heavy workload some weeks. We covered about eight books in ten weeks, although most books weren't that long. The five essays and one presentation added onto that make it one of the more fast-paced courses you can take, which again makes this course one I wouldn't recommend to south campus majors unless you're an avid reader. With that being said, most of your grade relies on your TA. Therefore I strongly suggest to figure out what the TA considers to be a good paper early on in the course. Discussion sections are almost mandatory, as much of the actual writing process and material about the essay is covered here rather than in lecture. Student collaboration was emphasized in my section, which made the weekly discussions oddly enjoyable at times. Lectures were on Zoom, but weren't really necessary. You could complete this course in good standing without going to a single lecture, but they do help in giving you ideas for the paper. The best part of the class were probably the books Komar assigned, which were all mostly interesting and engaging. I would almost recommend this course solely on the assigned novels. Komar does a very good job making them relevant to the world today, and having you appreciate each work on its own merit. This class would work really well in a semester period, but in a quarter system it just becomes a very rigorous course. The influence of the TAs on your overall grade also make it somewhat of a riskier course, especially if you end up with a stricter one. All in all it makes for a somewhat tough course, but one well designed to improve your writing abilities and your own personal perspectives as well.