English Literature to 1660

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Michael Allen See Full Profile

Overall 4.8 Easiness 1.6 Workload 1.4 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 3.8

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I asked Dr. Allen back in the late 70's why one should study English literature.

"To make life more enjoyable," he said.

How right he was, and lovely it is to remember.

I enjoyed Professors Rodes and Sellin, as well, and we have become good friends.

Jan. 1, 2015
Charles Batten See Full Profile

Overall 3.4 Easiness 1.5 Workload 1.5 Clarity 3.9 Helpfulness 3.3

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Professor Batten is one of the most amazing lecturers and professors I've had here at UCLA. Take a class with the man, he can be difficult, and he'll assign a ton of reading, but it's all to further your educational merit. Again, great professor, take the class.

Feb. 16, 2011
Joseph Bristow See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 1.9 Workload 1.8 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 3.6

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Bristow himself is cool. He's an entertaining and insightful lecturer, and spent most of class close-reading the texts he assigned for homework.

Unfortunately, his assignments were ridiculous. Every essay prompt was like a joke, and the final exam had so many restrictions that it made my head spin. It's not that the essays or the test were difficult in and of themselves--but Bristow's extremely restrictive instructions were bordering on bizarrely compulsive. I would only take him again if there were fewer assignments, because I don't think I could handle such condescending prompts and restrictions again.

April 3, 2012
Christine Chism See Full Profile

Overall 4.4 Easiness 1.8 Workload 2.2 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 4.4

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Very knowledgable and interested in her students on a personal level. A fair grader. Course is reasonably strenuous.

March 28, 2013
Helen Deutsch See Full Profile

Overall 3.2 Easiness 1.5 Workload 1.5 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness 3.2

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Engaging lecturer. Got by with a B- in her class attending maybe 4 or 5 lectures, total. But very passionate, very fun, very by the book. In her first lectures, she makes the point that if you attend lecture and do the readings, you'll be fine in her class. At the very least, you'd probably pull anywhere from a B to an A-, depending on your writing skills. Her choices for readings in this class were good, as well.

June 21, 2011
Matthew Fisher See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 1.7 Workload 2.1 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness 3.3

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Matthew Fisher is hands down the worst professor I have ever had. He seems incredibly arrogant and does not care at all about how engaged his students are. The guy seems to have a huge ego and really seems to feed off of these freshman/sophomore girls fangirling off of him. Honestly, this class is pretty easy, so it's not hard to pass/get an A, but it's really not worth the amount that you are disregarded as a student. I can't believe a professor this young has ascended to arrogance + apathy this quickly but was very disappointed by his treatment of this class. I get that no one /really/ wants to be teaching 10A, but I still think students deserve respect. This was a real bummer because I was actually really excited about this material.

I hope that Matthew Fisher can continue to grow as a professor, but as he is now, you will not feel like you have gained anything/been treated as a serious student by the end of this class.

Winter Quarter 2017
Jonathan Grossman See Full Profile

Overall 4.4 Easiness 1.2 Workload 1.4 Clarity 3.6 Helpfulness 4.4

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The transition from cool, calm, and collected Makdisi to spontaneous and energetic Grossman was definitely noticeable at first, and took some getting used to in the first week. However, Professor Grossman is a great lecturer in that he has a "thesis" for each lecture (or rather, each text), but he develops it with the participation of the students. He doesn't just boringly state it. Not only does he show you his logic in the argument, but he also always takes into account student's perceptions of various features of the texts. He WANTS you to come up with something different and not necessarily take for fact everything he has to say. He enjoyed it in class when some students made some observations that no one else had before.

Professor Grossman is a very open professor concerning your grade. Everything is on MyUCLA and he even asserts very heavily in class that there should be nothing mysteriuos about your grade. The TAs provide extensive feedback on your papers, and Grossman is always available for office hours. In fact, during the last week of class he had office hours every single day for hours. He truly cares about students getting the most of the class.

The class is set up so that the majority of your grade is made up of papers (which is good, because it makes you focus on your writing). 20% first paper, 30% second paper, 35% final paper. The other 15% of your grade comprises of 2 pass or fail quizzes, (if you fail one then you get an F for that 15% of your grade, and if you fail 2 then you fail the entire class). I know this sounds scary, but the quizzes are SO. SIMPLE. They are not designed to fail you whatsoever. He even provides sample quizzes on the class website so you know what they're like. If you just show up to lecture and listen, then you'll be able to answer the quiz questions just fine. The only people who I know failed one of the quizzes are people that I know did not attend a majority of the lectures nor did they do the reading. However, even THEN, the Professor allows you to make it up with an oral quiz, where he goes through lecture by lecture with you asking you questions. In sum, he gives you a lot of chances to pass, so there's no reason why any average, attending student would fail this portion of his/her grade.

The class was great, the TAs were great, and the absence of prompts force you to come up with analytic ideas on your own. All in all, it was a very enjoyable class, and the lecture style makes the time go by really fast, and the amount of participation m akes the lectures memorable and very educational.

I recommend this class, and I don't think you'll regret taking it with Grossman.

June 19, 2012
Eric Jager See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 2.0 Workload 2.2 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 3.6

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Email me if interested, ryaneason94@gmail.com

March 22, 2015
Sarah Kareem See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 1.0 Workload 1.7 Clarity 3.6 Helpfulness 4.1

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Professor Kareem is very organized, and her lectures show it. Overall, I think she is pretty effective in getting what she wants you to know from each of the readings across.

While there is a lot of reading, I skimmed most of them because lecture was informative in general; she covers what you need to know and links that to the themes. I will stress that there is a lot of information to take in. I always took copious amount of notes every lecture.

There are three papers and a final exam. The final exam was long; I took the whole three hours and filled my whole blue book. The final consists of literary term identification (she gives you a list out of which she will choose beforehand), short passage ID in which you ID the text and write about its significance/relation to the text as a whole (not too difficult because they were either passages covered in class or there was some clue that they were linked to the text), and an essay. For the essay, you are given some prompts to choose from and basically have to trace how a theme has changed across the literary periods covered in the class.

I thought the grading was fair. But I had a good TA who helped a lot when I was writing my papers. I know I definitely learnt quite a lot from this class.. Overall, I think this class is difficult but fair. Just be ready to dedicate a lot of time to this class.

April 1, 2012
Gordon Kipling See Full Profile

Overall 3.3 Easiness 1.4 Workload 1.6 Clarity 3.7 Helpfulness 3.3

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I LOVE THIS PROFESSOR! He does his job exceptionally well. I'm not sure why people are writing negative comments for the 10A class since he does his JOB... PERIOD. He assigns texts, plenty, and then tells us which he will discuss. He thoroughly covers all material in the selected texts from characters, symbols, plots, and analysis. On his tests, ALL THE QUESTION are specifically made to cover material he has touched upon in class. In fact, for passage identification, all the passages were previous ones which he spent at least 10/15 minutes upon. He is funny,WAKE UP PEOPLE! He makes fun of all works and genres but to GET THE JOKES<<< ONE MUST BE MENTALLY PRESENT! I wouldn't mind taking him again for any other subject or class. He has a great temper, not biased, he's open to talk to, he replies to your emails, he's extremely polite and concerned/caring, and he's fair. When he was late handing out our first paper, he pushed the deadline by a week. For the second, he granted us 2 extra days because we felt stressed out.
His TAs... I think most people had a problem with the TA but blamed it on the teacher. If your TA sucks, yea, you might get a bad grade. You can try and switch from one section to the other but, anyways, besides the point.+I think if you can take GREAT notes, you will get at least a B+. Studying for the midterm, everything I took was from my notes. I didn't re-read all the passages (like some idiots who still got Cs), I looked at my notes, looked at the pages he had focused upon, and got an A+.
Overall, since he is required for all ENGL majors, he is SO WORTH TAKING!

Nov. 22, 2009
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