All Ratings and Reviews for Stephen J Dickey
I love his classes, he is a great lecturer. The work load was medium, but his quizzes were quite hard. I read all the readings but sometimes I still could not answer his quiz questions. Overall he's a great professor. Take his class!
professor dickey is NOT what all these reviews have made him out to be!! his midterm and final for 95A were ridiculous - the IDs he chooses are extremely unfair. he may come off as a nice guy, but beware: he isn't what he seems.
If you like reading plays take this class. His selection is pretty good and his lectures are oftentimes very engaging. Not a difficult class at all if you attend lecture and do some careful reading.
By far one of the most interesting Shakespeare lecturers in the department!
This professor is one of the best I've had at UCLA. He's an amazing lecturer, entertaining and interesting. Best of all, no matter how crazy your ideas are, he always goes along with them.
As as English major I've learned something very important:
2 mandatory quarters of Shakespeare sucks.
Taking those classes with Dickey doesn't.
Professor Dickey was a great teacher! Class discussions were wonderful. My TA was AWESOME! Get Conor O'Sullivan if you can.
The midterm was reasonable. There is a scansion part and an essay writing portion. The final was more difficult, as it was 66% essay writing.
All in all, a very rewarding class and a fun experience.
Wow! I have to say that among all the professors I've had at UCLA, Prof. Dickey, by far, has been the best one! He is so passionate about Shakespeare and so eager to share his love of the Bard. At the same time, he is respectful of student opinions, even if they disagree with his own. And if you've made an incorrect assumption about a play's meaning, he helps you realize your mistake and come up with a more plausible analysis, without making you feel like a complete moron. The work is not difficult -- so long as you do the reading assignments and properly support your theories. I highly recommend him for any English major, or anyone interested in Shakespeare!
Professor Dickey is not snobby in anyway. As many have said, he is very open-minded and listens to what his students have to say. He even accepts the most unintelligent comments certain students make, while the rest of the class is making faces at how ignorant the statement was. He is also able to take one seemingly extremely trivial idea and makes it essential to understanding the work or the character. It's amazing how he does that. I had him for 142A and I thought he was superb. My only regret is that we have to have too many Shakespearean works packed into a quarter, but that's not his fault.
Dickey can be very comfortable and attractive to some because you know exactly what is expected of you and precisely what angle to approach the literature at in order for your analysis to be well received. However, for those who favor thinking for themselves and who possess the abilty to perceive a larger scope of intellectual possibilities, I must warn you that he will close you in an insipid cerebral prison and only allow you a brief window to the outside as a means of deviously emphasizing his narrow mindedness. On my "least recommended list."
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