ENGL 142A

Shakespeare: Poems and Early Plays

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Michael Allen See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 1.7 Workload 1.6 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness 4.4

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I loved Allen! He made all those Shakespeare plays I've read a million times come to life (Cheesy I know, but that's how it felt). His accent, his passion, everything just makes you feel like you could be in England. His grading wasn't too harsh as long as you went to class. His final was identifying passages. I would definitely recommend him and hope to take at least one more class with him before graduating.

Feb. 17, 2009
Albert Braunmuller See Full Profile

Overall 3.2 Easiness 1.0 Workload 1.0 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness 3.5

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Braunmuller is the most difficult English teacher I have ever had. However, his lectures are fascinating and I learned so much in his class. He knows his Shakespeare. If you're up for a challenge, take his class. However, if you're T.A. is Jason Morphew, run for the hills. He is the WORST TA I have ever had. Braunmuller's class wouldn't have been nearly as difficult had our TA prepared us for the midterm and the final. Our discussion sections were a complete waste of time and had correlated with Braunmuller's lectures only once.
Braunmuller=Amazing
Jason Morphew (TA)=set up for failure

March 28, 2011
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Karen Cunningham See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 1.7 Workload 1.8 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness 3.6

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I heard from some friends that Professor Cunningham was an excellent prof (for Milton), so I signed up for her [Shakespeare] class.

Her knowledge of Shakespeare was unimpressive, even though all she did was brag about all of the years of research she performed. She didn't bring any value to the class.

Lectures were a complete waste of time. Although she seemed personable and approachable during lecture, the content of the lectures themselves was lackluster--her analysis of Romeo & Juliet was barely surface-level, hardly touching on any themes. Instead, she simply skimmed along, relating personal experiences and feelings to Romeo's longing for Juliet, rather than examining the language at a closer level.

Like many professors, her syllabus was far too ambitious, and we did not read through the plays that she had laid out for us--those that we did not read were bought back from the bookstore at 10 cents each, and they were only available in Ackerman new.

March 25, 2011
Stephen Dickey See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.6 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness 4.4

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Professor Dickey is very knowledgeable and I definitely enjoyed that he made the class very interactive. Going to class is important since he loves to give out quizzes. I liked that his papers topics were on very short passages, thus forcing students to really close read. The only problem I had was that he didnt' have too much structure with the TAs. I had Holly Moyer and I'm telling you now AVOID HER AT ALL COSTS. She's condescending, takes forever to answer e-mails and is a very harsh grader. She wants graduate level work but doesn't work with her students to achieve this. Other than that, it was a good class and as long as you read the final was pretty simple.

Dec. 12, 2008
Arthur Little See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 1.9 Workload 1.6 Clarity 3.7 Helpfulness 3.8

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To all you who believe Professor Little needs to be called out on this, email his supervisor gallaghe@humnet.ucla.edu, he needs to hear more.

I honestly was shocked at this guy. First of all, he is "funny", but his humor is derived from claiming he sees a therapist and has issues. Also, he not only plays favorites, but like many recounted, he gave A's to 14 people for FREE and exempted them from 35% of our grade (the final), because he believed they were great and deserved it. Free A in Upper Div English class? 1. what a joke, what does our degree even mean if you get a "gold star" freebee A? Or that you took the final? One of the two. 2. Illegal and Unprofessional 3. UCLA = joke.

Professor Little shows grading in this major IS subjective through this, and that by kissing up and going to office hours it is possible to achieve an 'A'.

Aside from having issues, putting down students (he does not agree with anything people say. Some kids in our class even read criticism and came to class claiming this stuff as 'their own ideas', when it came from professional minds, and he would knock it down within 45 seconds.

IS LATE ALL THE TIME. Does not begin lecture for about 30 minutes because he is absorbed in talking to and picking on random students to make the class laugh.

Out of an hour and a half lecture, the average the lecture would last was 40 minutes. This irritated me so much, especially because I am paying good money for my "education".

I do not recommend Little in any way, shape, or form except as a court jester.

Dec. 16, 2008
Claire McEachern See Full Profile

Overall 2.8 Easiness 1.7 Workload 1.3 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness 3.4

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Professor McEachern is a good professor. She is not amazing and does not give you any insight that will change your life, but she gets the job done as a teacher. Her lectures are not very engaging, but nevertheless, she gives your the information you need to know.

April 1, 2010
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David Rodes See Full Profile

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Robert Watson See Full Profile

Overall 4.5 Easiness 1.5 Workload 1.4 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness 4.5

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Every positive thing on this bulletin is true. Professor Watson is interesting, organized, funny, entertaining and does have a unique talent in that he can make you feel like you're the only person he's talking to in a room of 80 plus students. If you need to take Shakespeare, take no one else--and I'm sure he's great at teaching other subjects as well.

Feb. 21, 2009
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