Winter 2019 - The only good thing about Professor Sharpe was that she was knowledgeable about her subject. She definitely knows about postcolonial literature...which would be great if the class were actually about postcolonialism instead of magical realism. She talked a lot about her subject, but was not at all open to differing opinions on topics, nor would she allow anyone to deviate from her point of view. She pretended to be laid back and put down very few guidelines for our assignments in an attempt to "encourage students to be free and open with their topics," but this backfired greatly. Instead, she was incredibly nitpicky, critical, and negative about all of our paper proposals. It felt like she was trying to force her own topics on us instead. She refuses to consider anything she doesn't personally find interesting and is unenthusiastic about pretty much everything else. None of us knew what her expectations were, so we were understandably upset and disappointed when she was unhappy with our work. She also chose the worst reading material to focus on. It truly felt like she was trying to pick her favorite postcolonial works of literature and slap the label 'magical realism' onto it all. I walked into the class excited to talk about magical realism, but came away disappointed and disillusioned.