American Popular Literature
To even call his classes "lectures" is a misnomer, the only information you get is Allmendinger reading the equivalent of a wikipedia page about the author for five minutes at the start of the lecture. He offers no intellectual stimulation at all. Do not be fooled by the first lecture or two either - he raises a few issues in these which he completely ignores for the rest of the course. Moreover, he clearly doesn't plan his lectures but spends the time asking basic, BASIC question and trying to build his class upon students' comments. The lectures have absolutely no direction. Each week I leave with the rueing the fact that another hour and a half of my life has gone to waste, and I'm never getting it back. I've noticed that Allmendigner studied at Havard and Oxford, he probably received the finest education that anyone can - does he realize that us students at UCLA would like to be intellectually provoked in the short time we have here, in a similar manner to how he probably was when he was educated at university? Apparently not.
I took Professor Sharpe's WS 110B Feminist Theory Through the Humanities and it remains to be one of my favorite classes to date at UCLA and I graduate in 3 weeks. The class was divided into different sections, first we started with theory and then delved into how it pertains to women of color. The last section was applying theory to rewriting myths, such as Sleeping Beauty and other various cultural mythical portrayals of women. The class blew my mind and Prof. Sharpe was fantastic, she was always eager to let the class debate and discuss their opinions. However, she has a keen eye for those that did not do their work and did not tolerate laziness. If you want to be intellectually challenged and be in an atmosphere where you can really discuss theory and delve into your major, then take one of Sharpe's classes. I am sad that this was the only chance I had to be her student.