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ENGLISH 251 British Literature

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    Professor Carroll, Kirkley, Ruth Rassool, kasdorf
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    • Medium 67%

    • Hard 17%

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    Lots of Writing

    Always Do the Reading

    Great Discussions

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    Dec 19, 2016
    | Probably wouldn’t recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would not recommend this course, not because of the class itself, but because of the professor. I was very excited for this class going into it, because I am an English major and I already took American Literature and I loved it. This class became a real nightmare for me. The essay assignments were confusing and given only a week if that before the final draft was due, and the grading was nit picky and frustrating. The class was very laid back and often fun, but the amount of homework, the grading, and the always late assignments were very stressful to deal with. I struggled with every essay, and this class in general, and I am an English major with an A in every class that deals with writing.

    Course highlights:

    I did learn a few things from this class. We really took apart the literary works we studied, and I feel now that I know Beowulf, Hamlet, A Modest Proposal, and The Rape of the Lock very well. A lot of works I now feel comfortable with that in the past I had only heard of. Because our professor worked us so hard, we were forced to really know the works he assigned inside and out.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Take this class with this professor if you have a lot of time and a very tough mentality. He sometimes picks on kids in class, prepare for that. The assignment prompts come in late, prepare to work your rear off and make it perfect. He is also very pick on grammar as well as content. Overall, know that you will come out of this class with a lot of knowledge of British Literature, but at the expense of sleep and time and headache.

    • Fall 2016
    • kasdorf
    • Yes
    • Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading Participation Counts
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    Nov 21, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This class is an excellent study of the historic and world renown literature that has been produced throughout British history. From famous english poets, to some of the best short stories and plays ever written, this class covers the best works. This class is primarily reading and analyzing what is read. Discussions on differing interpretations is a huge part of the class, which makes it a blast to learn.

    Course highlights:

    Some of the highlights of the course where found in the reading of some classic english literature. The class covers some of the greatest short stories ever written, and each student is given the opportunity to read and analyze each story. I learned how culture of the time influenced the writers of the time. This gave insights into culture and how it resulted in amazing english literature.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    The advice I would give to students is to stay diligent in the assigned reading. Many times students will try to get by without reading but in the end it hurts them because they miss out of the material being taught. Ask many questions, many professors have studied and read the stories and poems multiple times, which give the student great resources in learning and doing well in the class.

    • Summer 2016
    • Professor Carroll
    • Great Intro to the Subject Lots of Writing Great Discussions
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    Oct 27, 2016
    | No strong feelings either way.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course, because there is so much in depth analysis of literature. If you love reading then this is definitely the course for you. You learn not only about what authors like Milton and Shakespeare wrote, but you also learn about what they were feeling and what they were dealing with in their environment, which I find completely fascinating. The professor was average, and the writing assignments were slightly difficult, but if an actual effort is put into it, then you will definitely get an A in the class.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights of this course for me would have to be when we read The Canterbury Tales. There were so many different and unique stories that we learned about. More than half of the course was spent learning about them, so they were very important when it came to the overall grade as well.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    When it comes to this class you have to pick and choose. What I mean by that, is that you have to pick and choose what you will focus on when it comes to the reading. There are so many fascinating stories, but you will only need to write about a few, and if you attempt to read them all you will quickly become overwhelmed. Choose the stories that you think will be harder to understand as the stories that will be read thoroughly, and choose the ones that click with you or the ones that you have read prior to the course, as the ones that will be skimmed but still read.

    • Winter 2016
    • Ruth Rassool
    • Yes
    • Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading Final Paper


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