Lesbian and Gay Literature before Stonewall

Arthur L Little

Lesbian and Gay Literature before Stonewall

English department

Arthur L Little

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Winter 2010
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Fall 2009
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Fall 2006
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Quarter Taken: Fall 2015 Submitted July 3, 2017 Grade Received: B-

I first enrolled in this class because most others were full, and I'm not going to lie, I'm not a huge literature person. Workload was light in the sense that we had one midterm, one paper (5 pages) and one final. However, the reading was super hard to keep up with. It was a lot, basically one (dense) novel per week, which can be tough when aligned with other classes. Nonetheless by the end of the class I was transformed. Professor Little's lectures were so engaging, insightful and thought-provoking. Even when I didn't understand certain novels, he took the time to explain everything so thoroughly that it all made sense. Every student I spoke to after that class ended felt the same way I did -- mind blown! He is a tough grader, I got a B-, but I will wear that B- like a badge of honor for the rest of my life. This class is not for slackers, but for folks who want to be inspired!

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 14, 2015 Grade Received: N/A

I've taken Professor Little twice and wished he'd teach more classes. He's absolutely full of knowledge and so incredible. He's very engaged with your learning and loves to lecture. He's very theatrical, you can't be bored in any of his classes. I learned so much form him. If you can take him, TAKE ALL OR ANY CLASSES HE TEACHES.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Oct. 21, 2010 Grade Received: N/A

Professor Little is amazing. His class(es)-M101A & M101B-have been by far the best academic and enriching experiences I've had at UCLA. I wish everyone, regardless of their major, would be forced to take either or both of his classes. I often feel those who would benefit the most or would learn the most are people who aren't in his class (I'm talking to you straight men or those of you who hold fictional views of reality in regards to gender/race/culture). If ever you have the time to take an elective, or if it's for your major, do yourself the favor of enrolling in his class(es). Don't graduate without taking M101A or M101B.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 27, 2010 Grade Received: N/A

It is interesting to read the review below because it helped me remember the flaw of the course. I, personally, love discussion based courses. However, I could have done with out a majority of them for this course. Professor Little devotes too much of class time in hearing what students think. So much of the pointless discussions(mainly from student comments) could have been avoided had Professor Little lectured or discussed the main points of the book before opening a work to the class. But instead he would wait for the last 10-15 minutes of class to make the point of the work.
Overall, I think Professor Little is a fantastic teacher-when he teaches/lectures. The course material is also interesting-when he teaches/lectures on it. I don't regret taking this class. I do regret giving some of the course's books my time of day.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 18, 2010 Grade Received: N/A

I finished his final yesterday.

Coming into class and finding out it was discussion-based was a real let-down for me. His style is very lax, and because of this you'll often miss out on some wonderful lectures on certain concepts. If you're accustomed to lectures, don't take Little. Very often he'll go off on tangents; luckily, he always keeps track of the time and brings the class back when it's necessary. During discussion, he mediates ideas based on whether or not they're relevant to his 10-minute lectures; if you pick up on a certain idea that he wants to talk about, he'll politely brush you off and say "I'm going to talk about that later", which is not something to be taken altogether negatively, but irked me during discussions.

I think my biggest gripe with him were on midterms and finals preparations: he does not go over key terms and expects you to individually research their meaning and their significance to LGBTQ culture (over the first half of the course he threw around the concept of jouissance without fully explicating on its meaning; needless to say, many students took the concept for its face-value translation 'orgasm').

I won't say that the reading material he chose was bad; if anything, I enjoyed them the most out of the whole course. Just keep in mind that it's a course on gay literature, so there is a sizable emphasis on queer theory (interestingly, he did not explain queer theory to the class), and although the readings do touch on post-structuralism, Marxism, and feminism, he does not fully consider them or integrate these concepts into his classes despite their relevance to the novels and queer theory.

With only a midterm, paper, and final, a portion of the grade rests on participation and attendance, and he does check. You can't afford to miss even one class.

I honestly did not get much out of Little.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Feb. 5, 2010 Grade Received: N/A

I'm halfway through the class and the midterm in coming up. Already, I would just like to say that this is the best class I've taken at UCLA! I really feel rewarded for doing the reading, and I don't mean through any sort of exemption. Everyday I feel engaged and Professor Little really works hard to make sure that we all succeed. It isn't a class for someone who doesn't want to put work in or be held accountable for the coursework, but I've never felt like I wasn't learning or that anything I've done for the class was unnecessary. The selected books have been fantastic and I couldn't possibly say much more about how great this class has been! Go to office hours too, even if you feel in intimidated by professors, he's so welcoming that it's definitely worth it. Professor Little really cares that everyone learns and would love to see everyone succeed.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Dec. 4, 2009 Grade Received: N/A

I think it should be cleared up that Professor Little DOES NOT GIVE FREEBIES TO HIS FAVORITE STUDENTS. That's definitely not true. Most of his favorites didn't get an exemption. He based it on hard work. Those who did well on the midterm, the paper, and who participated (every teacher gives a grade for participation-why should this class be any different?) were the ones to receive the exemptions. It's as simple as this: you prove yourself throughout the quarter that you worked hard and took the time to read and analyze the novels, get good grades, and you're set. IT ISN'T ABOUT FAVORITES. I think anyone who isn't so bitter about this could easily say he bases his exemptions on a lot more than just who he likes talking to and joking with the best.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Dec. 4, 2009 Grade Received: N/A

I took this class for my Women Studies minor, and at first, I wasn't sure whether or not I would like it, but now having completed the course, I can honestly say Professor Little is one of a kind. First off, he's hilarious! He makes all kinds of jokes about his personal life and about the risque topics the books cover. This makes the class a lot more interesting. I was cracking up almost every class. Along with being really funny, Professor Little is EXTREMELY congenial. He seems really approachable, though I personally never attended any of his office hours. He's really nice and really down to earth. That being said, he's pretty out there. By this, I mean he's that in-your-face kind of guy, which for some like me, is good, but others may not like it. It certainly does make you pay more attention throughout the lecture and class discussions. The class discussions are REALLY interesting. Not only do they expand on key concepts of the course, but they also provide a lot of interesting nuances that help analyze the novels. I especially enjoyed the discussions because he usually just let the students express their opinions, and so, the ideas come from fellow classmates rather than him just lecturing for 2 hours. He really encourages students to participate. However, one thing that did bug me was that he was often late and then rushed through extremely important concepts the last 5 minutes of class, which can be really frustrating. But you kind of end up getting used to it. Though I did sense some favoritism towards those few students who were equally extroverted, it didn't bother me because when it came down to grading, he was always fair.

Overall, I found the class relatively easy. There's ALOT of reading, but he eases you into it. That is, until the end of the quarter when he bombards you with a paper and a 400-page novel. Though I found this kind of annoying considering it came at the end of the quarter, the novel is extremely interesting, so you won't regret reading it (for us, it was "City Of Night"). The class is broken down into a midterm, paper, final, and participation (attendance is mandatory-he has a sign in sheet). However, he does graciously give out exemptions for the final. He initially told us he would give a pop quiz on a novel, which if we passed, guaranteed us exemption from the final. For my class, however, he changed it up by skipping a quiz, and rather awarding those students who excelled throughout the quarter. Luckily, I was one of them, so I walked out of lecture today with an automatic 98% on the final. So that goes to show you that he definitely awards those who work hard.
Although the paper topics seem tricky, I don't think they grade them that hard. I wasn't too confident with my paper but I ended up getting an A- on it. This is just my personal experience, but if you're struggling with the paper, I would definitely go to his office hours. Like I said, he's really friendly.
All in all, I really enjoyed this class. The novels are interesting, the lectures and discussions are insightful, and I feel I got a lot out of it.
I would definitely recommend it!

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Sept. 25, 2009 Grade Received: N/A

I had Professor Little for both M101A and M101B and I really enjoyed his classes. In fact, he was one of my favorite professors. I read other people's evaluations about how he was always late, went off on tangents or played favorites.

Obviously, I can only speak to my experiences in those classes, but I have to say that I never noticed him playing favorites. I do remember him excusing certain students from taking the final but that was because he gave an in-class quiz on the last and most important book of the term and they were able to answer all of the questions correctly. He had mentioned several times how important the text was and how much he urged us to not wait until the last moment to read it (which, honestly, most of us did). To me, it appeared that he figured most of us would procrastinate and so, to reward those who did do their work, he offered a quiz. I don't think that it was unfair; he was just rewarding those students who took the time to read the book. The text was a behemoth and he probably figured that some of us would try to get away with not reading it at all.

Of course, when I watched the few students file out with an automatic "A" on their final, I was upset...but with myself for not reading the book. To that end, I have to say that I still got an A in his class and in the first class I took with him, I got an A+. No, I didn't show up for office hours and no, I wasn't one of those students who sat up front and spoke in every lecture. In fact, I sat near the back and only spoke up every once in a while. Like I said before, I can only speak to my experiences and I took his classes more than 4 years ago, so there is a possibility that things have changed.

To my recollection, he was never tardy. While he sometimes would delve into his personal life or engage in seemingly "off-topic" conversation, it was never for long and he always came back to the topic. I just wouldn't want for others' opinions to be swayed by some students who sound bitter.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Feb. 10, 2009 Grade Received: N/A

i had professor little for both shakespeare later plays and gay lit, i enjoyed him and his tests we generally fair but he is really disorganized, but yes he was late every single day, and yes his blatant favoritism was out of control. and for his little award ceremony on the last day, i wanted to walk out. he actually made the rest of the class clap for the students he gave the automatic A, i thought it was totally demoralizing for the rest of the class not to mention totally ridiculous.

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