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4.7
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11/04/2014
good
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English 347 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

If you're sick of sitting in literature courses that emphasize reading through lenses (that usually conceal) and you feel like you're drowning in the progressive liberal politics that DOMINATE colleges now days, Pesta is your breath of fresh air, and he'll teach you how to read Shakespeare for what SHAKESPEARE says, not some lens. BEST professor.

10/10/2014
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5 Helpfulness
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347 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: C+
"Inspirational" "There for you" "Respected by students"

Just awesome. He challenges the prevailing ethos of humanities programs. And thanks for doing it Dr. P., otherwise it would just be one long mindless echo chamber of self-fellating political correctness. If you care about diversity of thought, take his classes. He is fair to all perspectives (very rare these days).

10/05/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
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ENG 344 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: A
"Amazing lectures" "Pop quiz master" "Hilarious"

Made me adore Shakespeare after rocky high school memories. He knows his material and explains it so well and passionately that you start to love it too. Not much reading, but it'll take awhile because you have to read carefully. Quizzes and journals every class, so you'll work for the grade, but the lectures and learning are 100% worth it! :)

10/05/2014
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3 Helpfulness
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ENG 481 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A
"Participation matters" "Get ready to read" "Pop quiz master"

Pesta is one of the best teachers here. He's a love-or-hate professor bc of his different and vocal political opinions (the only right wing English prof you'll ever meet), but 4 out of 5 students love him. His enthusiasm and knowledge for the material is unparalleled. Also: first 3-4 weeks are roughest, bc of extensive backgrd. It gets better!

05/23/2014
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5 Helpfulness
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engl 210 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: C+

Great teacher--made class relevant and interesting for a non english major. He is one of the only humanities profs I have had who does not force opinions on you but lets you think for yourself.

05/16/2014
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5 Helpfulness
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Eng481 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

The theme was Dostoevsky, God, and The Devil. Very philosophical author. Very brilliant man to guide students through an author like Dostoevsky. I anticipated dry Russian lit., but Duke makes it interesting, relevant for readers during the time and now, and is flexible. He'll work with you on writing, deadline extensions. Just be there and READ.

01/30/2014
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5 Helpfulness
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English 247 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

The class offered an incredible amount of life information, all channeled through Shakespeare. The human nature lessons were very valuable, and the professor explains it all so well.

01/26/2014
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5 Helpfulness
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1 Easiness
eng 247 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Awesome interim class! Put off english so long, always hated it. This class was a total surprise. Thought it would be a complete pain, but I was wrong. Great teacher, made the class fun and insiteful.

01/09/2014
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5 Helpfulness
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English 347 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Absolutely amazing. Smart, compelling, humane, open-minded, and FUNNY.

01/01/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
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ENG 247 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

My favorite teacher ever.

12/30/2013
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5 Helpfulness
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engl 347 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I liked this class way more than I thought I would. The 90 minutes seemed like 10, seriously. There were actually days I wish it were longer.

12/19/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
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ENG347 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Great class. So refreshing not to read every play from some angle or slant. You get Shakespeare, just like the title of the course says, not postmodern spin or twisted political jargon. You can write what you think, not what you know your prof wants to hear. Sometimes I say outrageous things just to test him. He never censors or overreacts.

12/19/2013
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5 Helpfulness
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ENGL 227 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Best teacher ever. He leads great discussion, very much about big picture things. He talks a lot about the philosophy and theology of the time the books were written. Super openminded. Plays devils advocate a lot and argues against current dominating worldviews.

12/19/2013
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ENG 347 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Not hard, but you will have to write a lot (3-6pg journal every class). Brilliant, knows his Shakespeare well, and makes very good, thought-provoking points. One of the, if not the, best professors at UWO. Know going in that he is a strong rightwing Christian, but he respects all opinions and will not dock you points for disagreeing. Very fair.

12/17/2013
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4 Helpfulness
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ENG227 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

If you need to raise your GPA, take this class! In this class you read Dostoevsky and talk about God and that's basically it (IF God exists that is) and write journals. The more lengthy of a journal you write, you get extra credit. As long as you keep up with reading and come to class there's no way you'll get lower then a B+!!!! Take it.

12/13/2013
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ENG347 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

It's clear he is a Christian Republican, but I'm a hardcore Democrat and I love his class. You can disagree with him and not get docked. Challenges your points of view, and challenges you to experience more from your education. He is my favorite professor I've taken in six years of schooling; truly UWO's best

11/19/2013
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5 Helpfulness
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Eng227 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

First class I've taken here worthy of being called a college class. Finally getting my (well, the govt's) money's worth.

11/17/2013
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5 Helpfulness
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347 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Amazing teacher, knows his stuff, he teaches many of the classics and lit from the Renaissance, so God and such does come up a lot because it's in the books. Very open minded and interesting prof.

11/14/2013
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English 227 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

He puts your grade in your hands. This class is a lot of work but if you keep up and do what he says you are going to pass. I dont see how anyone has lower than a B in the class. Great professor and makes class interesting but some of his topics are irrelevant and off topic. If you dont like classes talking about God...Dont take this class!!!!

11/05/2013
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5 Helpfulness
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Eng 227 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

I advise you to TAKE HIM, you'll love his class and the subject. You'll write a lot of papers, but it is all easy as long as you attend class, read the novel, and listen. There are no reasons you wouldn't pass with AT LEAST a low B. All the exam questions come from lectures, so be responsible and TAKE NOTES.

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