American Literature, 1912 to 1945
I took Huehls Fall '07 and he blew me away. You know those moments you're sitting in class and you feel like you're brain's about to explode with so many epiphanies? If you don't, it's because you haven't taken Huehls. His lectures are structured very well which is very nice seeing as the class was on post-modern American fiction, a topic that isn't always easy to grasp. He introduced me to the topic and I've been hooked ever since. He's also very concerned about students and is always available for office hours to discuss anything, not just the coursework. Take his classes, he's course will change your life! (maybe)
Prof. Jones was not the most inspirational instructor I have ever had. His explications sucked all of the life out of the literature. He claimed to want original ideas, but marked down on midterms and finals if an idea contrary to his own was presented. The exams call for in depth explications of individual passages from the novels, and one must be able to write good essays under preassure. Otherwise, he is a very chill professor, friendly and accommodating. The saving grace for the course is the outstanding reading list.
Professor McGurl is a professor who seems to understand students well; therefore, his lectures are guided by that knowledge of students, and are easy to follow. The reading is high in volume but is manageable by all means. He is a different kind of English professor than the others at UCLA. He does not create a hierarchy between the professor and the student, which makes learning an enjoyable process. I agree with the preceding posts--if you have a chance, take McGurl.
She is entertaining and pretty funny. As mentioned, she has a tick and says "uhmmm" too much but most of the people in class got used to it. The material isn't so bad, depends what you prefer, and she inserts a lot of critics and other essays into her lectures so you get a wider perspective. Grading wise, not much to say since the class had some 80 people and the TAs did it all. If you have the chance, take her. She's bright and refreshing because throughout the whole time, you feel like one of your peers is talking to you about a cool book or poem.
Fall 2022 - Workload: Not bad. We have to read one book a week. Sometimes he makes us discuss it with a group, other times not. We have a few assignments and like two essays (one is about 7 pages long). Grading: Tough grader, the scores are shown on the assignment post, so we know what the lowest and highest score people in the class have got. Keep in mind that even getting a 8 or 9 on these assignments means getting an A- or a B, just based on those 3 assignments alone. The biggest issue is also that his feedback isn't always clear. In addition, it can sometimes seem like if you don't think exactly the way he does, then it is wrong. He grades throughout the semester. Attendance: His attendance policy is weird. He didn't take attendance for the first few weeks of class, then suddenly popped out an attendance sheet for a while, then suddenly stopped. It does say attendance is part of the grade though. Note that he does record lectures. Textbooks: All can be find online for free! He does seem to prefer people to have the physical book though since the pdf's usually don't match the page numbers. Overall though, he has a lot to say and lectures well. You can tell he has invested a lot of time and energy into analyzing the books he has assigned. I would say he is really organized, and he uploads the lecture recordings right after class.