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ENGLISH 45A Literature in English

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    Always Do the Reading

    Great Intro to the Subject

    A Few Big Assignments

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    Oct 19, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    An enlightening course about early English literature. While I personally am not a huge fan of early literature, Professor Marno did a great job of making the course interesting and engaging and I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would.

    Course highlights:

    We covered Chaucer through Milton. My favorite works were the love poetry from Petrarch to Shakespeare and Donne and Milton's Paradise Lost. Some works, like the Canterbury Tales, were a challenge due to the old English, but reading them in their original form was helpful to understanding them and worthwhile in the end.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    If you put in the work, you will get much more out of it. Doing all the reading is especially helpful to really understanding the language since it can be so different from modern day English.

    • Spring 2016
    • David Marno
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Great Discussions
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    Oct 03, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This class is very difficult in course material, but Professor Justice makes the material very understandable and interesting. He takes what would otherwise be dry and dull, and puts it in the perspective of readers from the time it was written, giving new insight into the material and encouraging students to draw their own connections.

    Course highlights:

    I learned so much about Medieval English literature that I otherwise never would have known. His coverage of Chaucer was interesting and he made the students really understand the material before moving on.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    Make sure you do the reading for this course! This class is totally based on doing the reading and under standing what you read, even if it takes a couple hours.

    • Fall 2016
    • Justice,S
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading A Few Big Assignments
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    Jul 19, 2016
    | No strong feelings either way.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    How much you like 45A depends on how much you like Medieval texts. If you love them, this is the course for you. Landreth is a levelheaded professor and I enjoyed learning from him.

    Course highlights:

    How to develop my Middle English accent while reciting the prologue to the Canterbury Tales.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    You need to do the reading, and if you're new to Berkeley, don't be shy about taking a composition class even if you've tested out of R1A/R1B. English at Berkeley is not easy and expectations for essays are high.

    • Fall 2011
    • LANDRETH,D
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Always Do the Reading Final Paper

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