While Heise is very nice and attempts to get to know everyone in class, her teaching style is annoying, since the class ultimately dissolves into a friendly argument between her and one of the regular contributors. She seems incapable of lecturing without her notes, and when disputed she often changes the subject until she can go home and look up the answer, which she presents with a flourish next class. This was irritating, but not as much so as the way she so often mentioned authors we don't read in the class (Woolf, Sartre, Camus, etc). If she wanted to talk about them, she should have assigned them (although the assigned readings were mostly very good). If you want to turn class into a drinking game (even at nine in the morning), take a shot every time she mentions Joyce's Ulysses (which, of course, we don't read). Heise is far from insightful about the texts, and the course is ultimately not very useful for upperclassmen, but it's not a bad elective if you happen to be interested in the topic. This would be a good class if you could do the reading and papers on your own, but unfortunately she takes attendance.