Eng 231, Fall 2006

Milton and His Contemporaries

In addition to providing a comprehensive introduction to Milton’s poetry and prose, this course also covers most of the seventeenth-century works on the First Qualifying Exam for Renaissance

“Please rate the overall quality of the instructor’s teaching”

Average rating: 5 of 5 (♣♣♣♣♣ Excellent; ♣♣♣♣ Very Good; ♣♣♣ Good; ♣♣ Fair; ♣ Poor)

♣♣♣♣♣ This professor assigned a very large amount of relevant and interesting material and I feel I received a profound and comprehensive survey of Milton and his issues. Critical materials were thoughtful and helpful. Student presentations gave good preparation for first qualifying exam. This professor is extremely intelligent and on the ball.

♣♣♣♣♣ Great class atmosphere, wonderful discussion prompts. Very soothing voice. Thank you.

♣♣♣♣♣ I found Dr. Hiltner to be very helpful and accessible. The course was challenging, yet reasonable and discussion was engaging.

♣♣♣♣♣ Ken is an extraordinary professor and thinker. Class under his guidance was interesting, thought inducing and varied. His own opinions and thoughts are wonderful and I would like him to share more. I fell as though he often holds back in order to promote class discussion, but he doesn’t need to.

♣♣♣♣♣ Ken is a wonderfully approachable, learned teacher. He is a resource in discussion as he allows students to voice varying opinions and then often provides middle ground for all parties. The extra presentations may have been a bit distracting – perhaps only one a week? I honestly would have liked to use some of the presentation time for further discussion of Milton.

♣♣♣♣♣ Ken is a brilliant guy and an excellent teacher – we’re lucky to have him here at UCSB. I wish he would have done a bit more lecturing/sharing of his ideas in the class. I would have liked to hear his thoughts, especially at the end of class. He could have also told students when they were being ridiculous. But a great class!