All Ratings and Reviews for Harryette R Mullen
Mullen is a hidden gem in the UCLA English department. Very knowledgeable, a fantastic poet. At first, I didn't like that her poetry workshops were more structured than others I'd taken but after a while I learned to appreciate the prompts and challenges to try out specific forms.
Professor Mullen is not engaging at all. I've learned much more difficult material with much better teachers, but I came away from this class with almost no additional knowledge on the topic. Easy class, but literally not worth the time.
This class is a waste of time. I'm sure she has a lot of experience and knowledge, but I didn't see the point of coming to class. We would come in, talk about a poem or two, she'd talk a little, students would present, and we would pull explanations out of her asses. She wasn't clear on how we were being graded AT ALL. The syllabus was very vague. There was only ONE essay which is the final (15 pages). Could've easily taken a better Professor
Professor Mullen is the shit. She's funny and the books she has us read are interesting. Papers aren't graded too hard but the TA mostly does that anyway so its impossible to comment on her fairness. If you have a chance, take a class with this wonderful woman.
PROFESSOR MULLEN IS BY FAR ONE ON THE ENGLISH DEPARTMENTS MOST CREATIVE AND ENJOYABLE PROFESSORS. MULLEN IS EAGER TO HEAR HER STUDENTS COMMENTS AND IS ALWAYS OPEN FOR NEW IDEAS. HER WORK LOAD IS JUST RIGHT. HER OFFICE HOURS ARE ALWAYS OPEN AND SHE IS EASY TO TALK TO. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS PROFESSOR IF YOU DONT TAKE HER YOU WILL TRULY MISS OUT.
Mullen is by far the most liberal and creative teacher in the English Dept. If you need to be told what to do, how to write, and how to think, do not take her class. She will not push her ideas on you, nor will she hold your hand to figure out your own. If you do not read the material, you could probably still get a B in her class--which is both good and bad for you. Take her class only if you have a genuine affection for poetry. If you are the structure-oriented type, you will be frustrated in her class. If you are a beginner in poetry, her class is also very friendly and will help you figure out what poetry is...which is different for everyone (in Mullen's opinion).
I disagree with the other students comments. I took Professor Mullen's Afro American Poetry class (M 197A) and I thought she was an excellent teacher. She really made the poetry interesting. She is very knowledgeable about Poetry and the way she taught it, not only allowed us to learn about it, but have fun with it. The class was difficult because the only way to succeed in it was to really read the poetry and be able to present it in front of the class (we were required to present because it was a seminar), but it was totally worth it. She's very concerned with students learning and ablity to grasp and understand the information, and she is a fair and decent grader. I would recommend her class to anyone.
Mullen's English 174 class (modern poetry) was the worst class I've ever taken at UCLA. The class lacked structure, or anything relating to structure. I dreaded going to the class and often found myself falling asleep or working on homework for other classes. I dreaded going to the class and only found myself going because, in true elementary school style, roll was taken. If you're looking for an easy A, take this class. But, if you're going to UCLA to be engaged and actually learn something, don't.
This professor is by far one of the worse professors I'v had at UCLA. She is boring, unprepared, cluttered and difficult to access outside of class. Her class is a joke, based on participation and the final is a 10+ paper, if you bomb the paper, you're pretty much done. Don't be surprised to get a C in class you thought you could have easily gotten an A in.
I have taken Prof. Mullen's Poetry Workshop, Eng. 133, twice (I also took the course once w/ Prof. Hall). Prof. Mullen's section of the course is definitely my favorite. She encourages high levels of interaction between students. She does this by having each student write a response to the poetry submissions of each other student in the class. So, if there are 15 students in the class, each student will have written 14 poetry responses by the end of the quarter. This interactive approach not only creates a open, fluid environment for lively class discussions, but it also helped me in my own writing by forcing me to look analytically at my own work. In addition, Prof. Mullen is highly knowledgable about poetry, and is a published, anthologized poet herself.
It is true that she does not give a lot of feedback or comments to student writing. On one level, I think this is positive: we as students sometimes place too much importance upon the opinions of our instructors, placing them in a god-like position to subjectively judge our work. By allowing student feedback to guide the course, Prof. Mullen allows her opinions to take a back seat, allowing the students more power over their own class. However, I think it would be nice if she too wrote responses to student writings. Maybe she'll implement this in the future.
However, I like that she generally allows anyone who wants to participate to enroll in her class-- she allows any student to enroll, even beyond the 15 student limit, if there is enough room. She doesn't deny anyone the opportunity to participate in the poetry workshop experience. This inclusive attitude is also expressed in her teaching style; she encourages all of her students to realize that poetry-writing is available to them, not just to famous poets, or to professors-on-high. I like this approach. I highly recommend Prof. Mullen for Eng. 133.
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