Ratings for English 45A
Based on 34 ratings for the instructor(s) that have taught this course.
Comment: I'm not even an English major; in fact, I'm a intended STEM major. That being said, Paradise Lost was a pain in the ass for me to read, so I was perpetually behind on readings, but I did find that lectures were helping me understand the text a lot better. I started attending lectures before reading the passages, and the reading ended up being a lot less painful. You can tell that Knapp loves his subject and he's the type of guy you'd want to chat with at a cafe on a Sunday afternoon. His final was very reasonable and in fact a lot easier than I'd expected. I highly recommend hi-lighting/ jotting down the page numbers of the passages he references in class, as those will be on the final. Try not to skip lecture, although I didn't find discussion very helpful mainly because it lacked structure. That being said, my GSI was very helpful in improving my writing. I started out with a C+ essay and had jumped one-and-a-half letter grades up by the end of the course. My main recommendation is write and revise and then write and revise again; you will do well if you write multiple drafts. An easier final and participation grade (ie, showing up to section) will compensate for the hard grading on essays (most people receive B's).
Submitted Jan. 3rd, 2015
Comment: I LOVED Professor Justice. In a semester in which I despised most of my classes, his was the only one I looked forward to going to. I was dreading taking 45A; the material seemed horrendous. However, Professor Justice made everything SO clear that I ended up strangely really enjoying The Canterbury Tales and Paradise Lost. He is hilarious and every lecture is incredible. It is, however, a challenging course, nonetheless. There is no midterm, but the three papers are very difficult. Overall, I really recommend taking this course with Professor Justice. I hope to take another course from him.
Submitted Nov. 27th, 2012
Comment: He's a really enthusiastic professor and definitely keeps you interested in some really old literature...definitely an accomplishment. No midterms, but the final was really tough and absolutely required the maximum amount of studying. The papers were interesting but tough, although you always could count on receiving great feedback from the GSIs.
Submitted June 18th, 2012