I hated this class, and at least half the reason was the teacher. I seriously have never hated a class more. It's a bit misleading for the other reviewers to say that the grading was a little tough (in my opinion); I'd rather say the grading was sporadic and unpredictable. She would write comments on my drafts like "excellent point", "natural storyteller", "original thinker", and would tell me my drafts were very strong, and then would give my papers B- (when I was getting A- on papers for all my other classes). Not to say that it isn't an instructors perrogative to grade as they wish, but I have a deep enmity for what she looks for in a paper. She could care less about content; it's form that matters to her--not even style, but form. Being a jounalist, she wanted all of our papers to be written as though they were newspaper articles, no tolerance (or understanding from what I could tell) of other forms or styles. So she'll be great for you if you want to be a journalist--not knocking her there. But if you like writing literary analysis papers, and don't use "snazzy verbs" and "attention grabbing phrases" you don't have a chance in hell of getting anything above a B. I disagree that her comments were helpful, because they were only helpful for the things she looked for--things to keep the reader's attention. Which, I supposed is helpful, but I don't know any other class where my use of colorful (read: uncommon) words was more important than the thoughts or points I developed. On the last paper in the class, when I finally gave in and wrote the paper she wanted (in half the time I spent on any other paper for that class), I finally got a B+. UW is a terrible class, regardless, but teachers can certainly make it worse--and she did.