J Marturano

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SPAN 119
Structure of Literary Work Full Profile > 5.0 Overall 4.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 5.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness
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Structure of Literary Work See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 4.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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SPAN 119A
Introduction to Study of Literature: Prose See Full Profile

Overall 4.6 Easiness 3.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness 4.6

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Professor Marturano's lectures were truly amazing! Besides having a captivating argentinian accent, he is very knowledgeable and clearly explains course material. If you love Borges, Julio Cortazar, and Gabriel Garcia Marques, I recommend you take this class!

(Dec. 14, 2012)
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SPAN 120
History of Literature Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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SPAN 120
History of Literature See Full Profile

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SPAN 120A
Literature in the Hispanic World: Hispanic Literature to 1700 See Full Profile

Overall 4.6 Easiness 3.0 Workload 2.6 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness 4.8

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He's not as good as previous comments would lead you to believe. I've taken 3 upper division Spanish classes here and all the other professors have been significantly better, including Roberta Johnson, Francesca Denegri, and Torrecilla (Denegri was outstanding). The content of his lectures isn't comparable to Denegri or Johnson and the grading is similar (granted these are both guest professors, says something about UCLA I think). I fell asleep in almost all his lectures, he tends to make much ado about nothing.

(June 21, 2013)
SPAN 120D
Literature in the Hispanic World: Hispanic Literature in the U.S. See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 3.5 Workload 3.0 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 4.5

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Professor Marturano is an okay professor. I really enjoyed the readings he chose for our class, but it was hard to stay awake in his class. He does not utilize a power point he stands and lectures for a whole hour and a half. I personally learned more from our discussion section and my TA. He basically retold all the main points the professor discussed in class and helped us be analytic of each reading. I feel professor Marturano said the same thing over and over again for the whole lecture. (Or sometimes would talk about something else; repeat the same thing many different ways) Overall, it's an okay class. It would be better if he had a power point or something to help us follow him. I do, however, like the structure of the course. It was a midterm and a final but he gives you the format ahead of time so it's easy to prepare for it. As long as you're analytical you'll do well on both.

(Feb. 9, 2014)
SPAN 150
Topics in Contemporary Studies Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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SPAN 150
Topics in Contemporary Studies See Full Profile

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SPAN 170
Topics in Media, Interdisciplinary, and Transhistorical Studies See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 2.0 Workload 2.0 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 4.0

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Professor Marturano does a great job at keeping his lectures interesting - he is a great entertainer. The most challenging part of the class is understanding the readings - they are definitely not the easiest. Even if you do not understand the full reading, make sure you can speak to at least one part you found interesting or grabbed your attention and you will be fine. Professor Marturano dissects each of the readings thoroughly in class. The workload is somewhat on the heavier side - there is a reflection due once a week, a 5-6 page essay (midterm) and a 6-8 page essay (final). I would definitely recommend this class for anyone looking for a Spanish upper division class.

(Winter Quarter 2017)
SPAN 191A
Variable Topics in Spanish: Studies in Hispanic Literature and Linguistics See Full Profile

Overall 4.5 Easiness 3.2 Workload 2.9 Clarity 4.5 Helpfulness 4.4

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Prof. Marturano is a really kind and patient professor who makes the class very engaging. He really emphasizes participation but doesn't necessarily dock off points for it if you don't participate a lot. The best part of this class was definitely checking out the "Cuba Is" exhibit at the Annenberg Space for Photography where different artists' photos are showcased and one can watch a documentary about the photographers and how Cuba is today.

The workload itself is pretty decent - weekly reading responses, 2 short essays, and 1 final essay. As long as you keep up with the readings and invest enough time into your essays, it's pretty easy get a good grade in the class.

(Fall Quarter 2017)
SPAN 191C
Senior Capstone Seminar Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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SPAN 191C
Senior Capstone Seminar See Full Profile

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