Michael Allen

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ENGL 10A
English Literature to 1660 See Full Profile

Overall 4.8 Easiness 1.6 Workload 1.4 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 3.8

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I asked Dr. Allen back in the late 70's why one should study English literature.

"To make life more enjoyable," he said.

How right he was, and lovely it is to remember.

I enjoyed Professors Rodes and Sellin, as well, and we have become good friends.

(Jan. 1, 2015)
ENGL 90
Shakespeare Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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ENGL 90
Shakespeare See Full Profile

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ENGL 91B
Introduction to Drama Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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ENGL 91B
Introduction to Drama See Full Profile

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ENGL 120
Literature and Society Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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ENGL 120
Literature and Society See Full Profile

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ENGL 140A
Criticism: History and Theory Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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ENGL 140A
Criticism: History and Theory See Full Profile

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ENGL 141A
Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales See Full Profile

Overall 4.4 Easiness 1.9 Workload 1.6 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness 4.3

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Professor Allen is my absolute favorite professor at UCLA. After taking Chaucer's Canterbury Tales with him this summer, I cancelled my enrollment in Shakespeare in Fall so I could wait to take his class in Winter. He is immensely funny, a gifted lecturer, and if you actually pay attention, his tests and papers shouldn't be difficult for you. But, that said, this is not an easy class. He will immerse you in it, and make seemingly dull topics incredibly interesting, but you HAVE to read, or you WILL NOT do well. Middle English is hard to understand, so you really have to make sense of the characters and their plot lines, and pay attention to the footnotes!

He has a lot to say, and its true, its hard to tell what you're going to be tested on, so take notes on everything! If you can't write fast enough to do that, then I suggest recording his lectures, because he is so passionate about these topics that he will give you as much information as he possibly can in a class period. He is very loud, and if you don't like participating in class, then you shouldn't sit in the aisles, but know that if you do participate, he will give you a much better grade. Also, don't be afraid of having to recite the introduction - it seems scary, but he closes his eyes the entire time so its not like a performance, and he will help you along.

The amount of work for any English class can be excessive, but if you take any class with Allen, you will laugh your way through ten weeks of what would otherwise be deemed hell.

(Nov. 21, 2008)
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ENGL 142
Later Medieval Literature Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Later Medieval Literature See Full Profile

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ENGL 142A
Shakespeare: Poems and Early Plays See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 1.7 Workload 1.6 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness 4.4

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I loved Allen! He made all those Shakespeare plays I've read a million times come to life (Cheesy I know, but that's how it felt). His accent, his passion, everything just makes you feel like you could be in England. His grading wasn't too harsh as long as you went to class. His final was identifying passages. I would definitely recommend him and hope to take at least one more class with him before graduating.

(Feb. 17, 2009)
ENGL 150B
Shakespeare: Later Plays Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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ENGL 150B
Shakespeare: Later Plays See Full Profile

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ENGL 181A
Specialized Studies in Medieval Literature See Full Profile

Overall 4.8 Easiness 1.8 Workload 2.0 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 4.5

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