Tufts University: ENG156 - Modern European Novel - English - Professor ratings, reviews and much more | JumboAccess
Prof Ullman is really knowledgeable but he likes to hear himself talk. He is generally unprepared for class, but it doesn't really matter. It's funny to watch him lecture based on a few illegibly scrawled notes on the back of a grocery list. He knows his theory, and he can read German and French so he's able to discuss variable translations of texts and how it affects meaning. The lectures are sometimes soporific, but if you've read the book, it's much more interesting. I went to class both ways and it's useless unless you make an effort to get involved.
There's significantly less work here than most upper level English classes: a novel every two/three weeks and two papers, with a final in-class exam. I thought his selection of texts were great. The novels can be long, but are excellent for discussion and very good ones to have under your belt. The papers are 5-7 pages, and the in-class exam is about 10 short answer questions. Quite manageable and the books are ones you should read anyway.
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