I'm quite certain Professor Tuttle is brilliant--he is immensely knowledgable, and is fluent in AT LEAST 6 languages. I'm sure his academic papers are incredibly well written and well recieved. That said, he is a TERRIBLE professor--lecturing not in any pattern but in a series of tangents totally unconnected to the class. He gave us the readings in archaic spanish, old german and french (this is for an Italian class), and once spent 20 minutes reading to us in Latin, then expected students to answer his questions about what he'd just read. He expects us all to be so well studied as he is, and seems perplexed when noone can answer his questions. Don't get me wrong--he's very nice, and an easy grader, so while you'll have no idea what the course was on, you'll still do well. I would be hard pressed to think of two lectures he gave which had anything really to do with the course material--he seemed more interested in talking about the roots of Italian words (the topic of his other class this quarter) than about midieval literature (the topic of our class). He is an incredibly disorganized lecturer, and while a commanding speaker, makes it very painful to sit through his lectures.
First day of lecture: Professor Tuttle beings his discussion on the importance of word origin, from greek to latin, to french and italian, and later english. He goes back and forth these languages as we all sat dumbfounded, looking at each other as to whether we were in the right class or not. Professor Tuttle is extremely intelligent, as seen through his scholarly use of "Visa Vie" "Hergo" and so forth. He might be a little intense in lecture because he gets involved with his topic and goes off on so many tangents that you won't know what is going on. But, if you pay close attention to his soft spoken words, you'll actually realize that this man is a genius when it comes to Italian. I had the pleasure of taking my first Italian literature course at UCLA with him, and as intense as he made it with his infinte knowledge, he is an amazing person to learn from and you would love to take his class again. He has his little quirks, mind you. But thats the special thing about him, it makes you laugh in class. Consider taking him. It'll be worth it. His grading is easy, he doesn't expect too much from you, but he does want some sort of effort in understanding the material.
I was really excited about the course content of this class, but it is by FAR the worst class I have ever taken. Professor Tuttle makes no sense in Italian or in English. His trains of thought are not coherent in any way. I barely know what to take notes on, and I struggle to not fall asleep. You can tell he is very intelligent and knows a lot about history, but honestly, it's not worth trying to piece together his confusion.