Eng 162, Summer 2014


In this course we will consider a range of Milton’s works, including Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained. Just for fun, we will also be looking at excerpts from two popular series of books that were profoundly influenced by Milton: The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis (who was in fact a Milton scholar at Oxford) and His Dark Materials, especially The Golden Compass, by Phillip Pullman. (Incidentally, “His Dark Materials” is a quote from Paradise Lost.)

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

Average rating: 4.9 of 5 (♣♣♣♣♣ Excellent; ♣♣♣♣ Very Good; ♣♣♣ Good; ♣♣ Fair; ♣ Poor)

♣♣♣♣♣ Fantastic course! Really made me think about topics not normally approached in class and helped me understand such a complex author. Very organized and fair in grading & reading exception, yet open to flexibility with paper topics & class discussions. Thank you!

♣♣♣♣♣ Ken did an excel job teaching such a tough piece of text. I definitely liked how the text was broken up, how he provided worksheets, and group talks. Reading Paradise Lost wasn’t painful at all!

♣♣♣♣♣ Professor Hiltner’s class was very engaging. I enjoyed the class discussion and Prof. Hiltner’s attentiveness to his students’ input and thoughts. He is very approachable and accessible. Overall the class was very interesting and I learned so much about Milton and feel the class is a must for English majors.

♣♣♣♣♣ Professor Hiltner’s structure of the course and utilization of classroom participation allows students to assimilate the course material effectively. Students are given the opportunity to voice their opinions and arrive at conclusions with the Professor’s guidance.

♣♣♣♣♣ I thoroughly enjoyed taking this course with Professor Hiltner. The overall teaching style he utilized was extremely helpful for the content we covered. I would absolutely love to take another course with him.

♣♣♣♣♣ I came into this class with very little knowledge of or interest in Milton, and simply took the class because Ken hinter is a great professor. I left enjoying Milton greatly, and credit Mr. Hiltner’s great lecturing.

♣♣♣♣♣ I really admired the structure of our class. It was a supportive atmosphere and we always engaged in thought provoking class discussions. Overall, really enjoyed the class!

♣♣♣♣♣ The class was very interesting and in combination with the teaching was extremely insightful. The discussions were engaging and I found myself more into the material than I thought I would be.

♣♣♣♣♣ Great, enjoyable class. See modern day examples all the time from pop culture.

♣♣♣♣♣ Interesting class and intuitive professor. Would recommend!

♣♣♣♣♣ Professor Hiltner is helpful and king. And he knows the material well.

♣♣♣♣♣ Very passionate and knowledgeable about the topic. His enthusiasm makes class interesting and engages students.

♣♣♣♣♣ Splendiferous class. Well taught. Entertaining.

♣♣♣♣♣ Way more interesting and engaging that I expected it to be!

♣♣♣♣ Ken is great, very easy to understand when explaining a not-so-easy subject. 2 thumbs up!

Unrated, Great class! And great teacher. Very knowledgeable and makes the class engage in discussion.

Unrated, A fine course. Hiltner’s attempt to justify Milton’s ways to man.