Winter 2017 - I loved her, but I have some friends who are less enthusiastic. She picks some very hard material for the course, but her explanations about the meaning and the context of the work are extremely clear and helpful. My only problem is that she often sends out writing prompts the day before it is due, and it's really annoying to open up your email late at night and find yourself with last minute homework. But overall, I would definitely take again.
Spring 2018 - I was one of the few people in my discussion who genuinely enjoyed attending lecture. She's adorable and a bit eccentric and quite clearly adores teaching. Her lectures tend to be quite lacking in structure, and many of my peers had difficulty ascertaining what exactly they should be taking notes on. My advice would be to make a note of which passages she discusses, as well as paying attention to the important historical contexts or styles/literary devices/themes that she points out. She is, for the most part, extremely approachable, considerate, and kind. If your paper is randomly chosen to be graded by her, she will be a bit harsh and leave at most two comments. However, you will have 3 short essays (4 pages!) to prove yourself, and the first one will only count 10% of your grade. I found it most helpful to hound my TA when planning my essays. There is no midterm, and the final is graded more kindly than the essays are. Our final had (if I'm remembering correctly) 17 ID terms, and you only needed to correctly identify 15 of them, with the full title and the writer's full name. There is poetry explication, and then a final long essay in which you are given two "big ideas" and you pick one to write about. It's definitely very helpful to keep up with the reading, but I'll admit that I fell behind on most of the longer works. Reading detailed summaries and taking really good lecture notes will carry you through just fine. I really did enjoy this class, though ultimately the most electrifying lecture had been given by one of the TAs. Nevertheless, I would highly recommend taking 10C with Jaurretche!
Spring 2021 - Professor Jaurretche is a very caring and passionate professor. She obviously knew tons about the texts that we covered and led really interesting discussions. We would usually read one book or play each week, in addition to supplemental historical reading. There are no pop quizzes or anything so you don’t have to stress too much about falling behind. Your grade is based on research projects/essays. The one downside of this class is that there was only one meeting each week so we didn’t get to dive very deeply into any of the materials by analyzing them for, say, two days. That being said, I feel like I truly learned so much about Irish history and culture through this class, not to mention literature. If any of those things interest you, I would highly recommend this class. I’m also selling the course reader for $30, if you’re interested text (805) 888-9396.