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Wagner, B (ENGLISH 135AC, Fall 2014)
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Comment: What a fantastic class and professor! Whether you're looking to fulfill your Arts & Literature breadth, series requirement for ChemE, need another semester of English, or are an English major, this is a fantastic class with a very mixed student population, I'd say about 50-65% English majors with a good number of engineers and science people to balance it out. This course involves no reading and is really "Race and Ethnicity in American Film and Cinema of the Twentieth Century." Every week you will be assigned one movie to watch; most are on Netflix or Hulu, some you will have to find by more "creative methods," though the library has all of them. This semester, our films ranged from Birth of a Nation (1915) to The Act of Killing (2012). Wagner is a fantastic professor, one of the best I've had at Cal. We had two lectures a week; the first he spent on technological film innovation and historical/social context for the film, the second he spent on more English-y thematic development and analysis. He always left 5-10 minutes at the end of lecture for student questions, which was fantastic! My only complaint is that he is almost incapable of disagreeing with students; he always tries to validate student interpretations and opinions, even if they seem odd and far-fetched from the true, purposeful intent of the director. Weekly questions that we wrote and participation in discussion were 35% of our grade, very generous, with two 5-7 page essays making up 50% and the 15% final finishing it off. The final was take-home, and took on the form of a comparative shot analysis and a multifilm thematic analysis, two questions we had two answer in two hours over bCourses. I'm not an English major, but I got an A in this class, even with A-'s on both essays. Fantastic, fantastic course, I learned a lot and enjoyed every lecture and discussion section. Also, Daniel Valella is the absolute BEST GSI I have ever had at Cal!

Submitted Dec. 30th, 2014

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Wagner, B (ENGLISH 31AC, Fall 2011)
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Submitted Aug. 5th, 2012

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Wagner, B (ENGLISH 31AC, Fall 2011)
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Submitted May 2nd, 2012

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Wagner, B (ENGLISH 31AC, Fall 2011)
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Comment: Professor Wagner is incapable of disagreement.If one of his students were to suggest that the Earth is invariably flat, he would hurry to confirm the notion through improvised anecdotes and an almost unrealistically diluted sense of reason which serves only to enforce his standing as the quintessential(ly spurious) English professor. Unfortunately, his grader was not as forgiving as he. Bryan Wagner is perhaps an intelligent human being, but that aspect of his character was eclipsed by how monotonously verbose, imprecise, and (irritatingly) energetic he was throughout the semester. The mechanics of this rating seem to imply that enthusiasm is a cardinally good thing to observe in a teacher. A week with Wagner will teach you otherwise.

Submitted Jan. 10th, 2012

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Wagner, B (ENGLISH 31AC, Fall 2011)
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Comment: Loved English 31AC with Professor Wagner. No readings, we watched movies and analyzed those. Weekly assignments were easy -- we just wrote questions (long questions, about 500 words) about the films we watched. That may sound bad, but trust me, it's really not: you just write about whatever confused you or stuck out to you about the film. Wagner focuses the class around this process of asking questions, which is nice because it makes class discussions pretty inviting, since you're not really expected to have answers when you speak up. Essays and exams were graded pretty generously, I thought, but it's annoying because you get pretty far into the semester before getting anything graded back.

Submitted Jan. 3rd, 2012

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Wagner, B (ENGLISH 31AC, Fall 2011)
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Comment: This was my favorite teacher freshman semester. He was extremely intelligent and always had great answers to respond to any question you had. His tests weren't too hard, as long as you went to class, paid attention and had really good notes you would do fine. I highly recommend this teacher and the class if you have too many readings and would like to watch movies instead to not completely kill your time.

Submitted Dec. 20th, 2011

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Wagner, B (ENGLISH 31AC, Fall 2011)
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Comment: This class is awesome! and a wonderful way to meet the AC requirement and also the english requirement for the college of letter and sciences. This is probably the funnest English class you will ever take because you get to watch movies! WOOHOO! But you also have to analyze them and write a couple of essays. But if you go to lecture and just participate in the class you should be fine!

Submitted Dec. 10th, 2011

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Wagner, B (ENGLISH 133T, Spring 2010)
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Comment: I took this class 2nd semester freshman year and loved it. Best English class I've taken by far here because not only was it small (35 people max), but Wagner is such a great professor. The class was basically discussion for 1.5 hours so you really need to know your stuff. The workload was manageable (but demanding), but the knowledge you gain from it is substantial. He's intelligent, witty, and extremely helpful. He enjoys what he does and he does it well. If I remember correctly, the class was on African-American poetry before 1800. This class cemented my decision to do an English minor. :D

Submitted Jan. 21st, 2011