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Fall 2020

ENG 4133 Section 1C26

Closely Watched Films

M W F Period 2 (8:30 to 9:20) R E1-E3

Screenings would have been in ROL 0115

Office: 4314 Turlington Hall 

LINK to LIVE GRADING and Office Hours: M W F 10:35-11:15, and by appointment.


Class Schedule

Course Description

Course Requirements

Due the Day Before Each Class:

A. Two Discussion Questions

B. Three Shots

M W F Period 2

UF Class Period Times





Professor Richard Burt

Please email me only to send me class assignments. Otherwise, please talk to me in person after (not before) class or during office hours.

Office: 4314 Turlington Hall

Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:35-11:15, and by appointment

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Paper Guidelines

Live Grading


Slow Motion Reading

Elite Civility

Trickle Down Feminism (2018)

What is neoliberalism? (2018)

"Firsts" 2016 to the present

Criterion: Three Reasons

J and L cuts

(Thank you, Jason King. And your sister too.)




LINK to LIVE GRADING and Office Hours: M W F 10:35-11:15, and by appointment.

One of the most important books on a chapter of American History you never ever knew about:

Eric Foner Reconstruction-Americas-Unfinished-Revolution

Eric Foner, "Why Is There No Socialism in the United States?"

History Workshop, Spring, 1984, No. 17 pp. 57-80

Guy J. Williams, "Harkness Learning: Principles of a Radical American Pedagogy"

Harkness table

Barbara Johnson, "The Frame of Reference: Poe, Lacan, Derrida," Yale French Studies, 1977, No. 55/56, Literature and Psychoanalysis. The Question of Reading: Otherwise (1977), pp. 457-505

Various first words


Who is supposed to find this video funny? JOE BIDEN: ACCEPTABLE UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES Steve Buscemi narrates this short film 8/20/2020

Joe Biden

CLOSE READ Jason Farago Seeing Our Own Reflection in the Birth of the Self-Portrait Sept. 25, 2020

"Don't Be a Sucker" (1943 / 1947)

Shant Mesrobian gives an illuminating account of the authoritarian Biden voter's contempt for progressives starting at 54:02 and ending at 56:32. The entire interview is worth a listen.

"In Amazon’s Bookstore, No Second Chances for the Third ReichThe retailer once said it would sell “the good, the bad and the ugly.” Now it has banished objectionable volumes — and agreed to erasing the swastikas from a photo book about a Nazi takeover." New York Times Feb. 9, 2020

Holbein's extraordinary 'Ambassadors' | National Gallery


Hannah Arendt diagramming Hegel


DARK WATERS | Official Trailer

All the President's Men - Original Theatrical Trailer

The Candidate - Original Theatrical Trailer

Medium Cool (1969) ORIGINAL TRAILER

The Mothman Prophecies - Trailer.

 Secrecy and the Press. Remarks by. Katharine Graham

Megan Zahneis, This Tenured Professor Said His College’s Reopening Plans Risked Deaths. That’s Now in His Personnel File.

SEPTEMBER 10, 2020

Widescreen vs. Pan & Scan

Shockproof (dir. Douglas Sirk,1949) Opening Sequence and the reveal; see also the reveal at the end of the first five minutes of Hitchcock's Marnie

The Bellows in Conversation with Adolph Reed and Walter Benn Michaels

Exercise and Depression "When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain."

Edward Snowden: How Your Cell Phone Spies on You

2012: When I Knew My Job Was Over (Time Stamp 1:50)

'All-American Nativism' with Dan Denvir, Part I

"We had expected the great world-dominating nations of white race upon whom the leadership of the human species has fallen, who were known to have world-wide interests as their concern, to whose creative powers were due not only our technical advances towards the control of nature but the artistic and scientific standards of civilization - we had expected these people to succeed in discovering another way of settling misunderstandings and conflicts of interest. Within each of these nations there prevailed high norms of moral conduct for the individual, to which his manner of life was bound to conform if he desired to take part in a civilized community. . . .

A human being is seldom altogether good or bad; he is usually 'good' in one relation and 'bad' in another, or 'good' in certain external circumstances and in others decidedly 'bad'. It is interesting to find that the pre-existence of strong 'bad' impulses in infancy is often the actual condition for an unmistakable inclination towards 'good' in the adult. Those who as children have been the most pronounced egoists may well become the most helpful and self-sacrificing members of the community; most of our sentimentalists, friends of humanity and protectors of animals have been evolved from little sadists and animal-tormentors.

Sigmund Freud "Thoughts for the Times on War and Death" (1915)

Now that the TV show COPS has been cancelled, it should be replaced by a show called STOPPED. Each episode of STOPPED would show iphone videos of black people who have been murdered by police or who have talked their way out of an illegal stop with guns drawn by cops. Payment for videos that haven't gone viral but can be posted after the show airs. Copyright belongs to the original video recorder.




These Scholars Denounced the Police



"What a stupid f***ing way to have a really important conversation": Reflections On A Yearlong White Fragility Training

Trump Tells Agencies To End Trainings On 'White Privilege ...



The 1619 Project - The New York Times

The Truth About the Confederacy in the United States (the 1619 part is wrong.)

I Helped Fact-Check the 1619 Project. The Times Ignored Me.

Scholars are eviscerating The New York Times' 1619 Project

Seven months later, 1619 Project leader admits she got it wrong

Conservatives rail against New York Times 1619 Project on ...

Trump warns schools teaching 1619 Project 'will not be funded'


So much for "representation":

Melania Trump touts husband's record on women


 Jed Rubenfeld, "Mishandling Rape," Nov. 15, 2014

Yale Law Professor [Jed Rubenfeld] Is Suspended After Sexual Harassment Inquiry

The Never-ending Story of Men and Women Laura Kipnis 2016

from Thomas Mann, Doktor Faustus, trans. John Wood, p. 63

A Black Marxist Scholar Wanted to Talk About Race. It Ignited a Fury.


Algorithms rule us all - VPRO documentary - 2018

Cybertopia - Dreams of Silicon Valley - Docu - 2015

The financial brain of the London City - Docu - 2013


HyperNormalisation: A new film by Adam Curtis 


The Humanities After Covid-19

Joe Biden


Algorithms rule us all - VPRO documentary - 2018

Cybertopia - Dreams of Silicon Valley - Docu - 2015

The financial brain of the London City - Docu - 2013


Left Behind America 9/11/2018 

Jeff Bezos’s “Montessori, Inc.” Sets Up the Ed-Tech Takeover of Pre-K

Immanuel Kant, Essay on the Maladies of the Head 

"Reading closely means reading in slow-mots."


Billion Dollar Loser Hillary Clinton's speech to business conference (CEOs!)

Follow the Money

National Nurses United: Trump Terrifying, But Movement Must Be Built that Speaks to Issues

"Dehumanization by Deification: On Kamala Harris and "Black Women Will Save Us" Zoé Samudzi is a Black feminist writer and doctoral student in Medical Sociology at the University of California, San Francisco.

Washington Post's Disgusting Guest List At Hamptons Party

Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright Rebuke Young Women Backing Bernie Sanders ‘We Think the Price Is Worth It’

Gloria Steinem Discussing Her Time in the CIA



Erasure of Hal's Memory

*Charley (Flowers for Algernon)

W.K. Wimsatt, The Verbal Icon: Studies in the Meaning of Poetry(1954) "When Is Variation Elegant?"

Heinrich von Kleist, "On the Gradual Production of Thoughts Whilst Speaking"


Harun Farocki – Cinema, Video Games and Finding the Detail | TateShots


The Secret History of Fort Detrick, the CIA’s Base for Mind Control Experiments

Today, it’s a cutting-edge lab. In the 1950s and 1960s, it was the center of the U.S. government’s darkest experiments.


CIA Director Mike Pompeo "We Lie, We Cheat, We Steal" September 15, 2019

Gallery of Anti-Populism


Cancel culture 

Slavoj Žižek on "They Live" 

They Live (1988) - Seeing the Truth Scene

Shockproof (dir. Douglas Sirk,1949) Opening Sequence The Reveal



Koyaanisqatsi part 1/9

You already know how: Mr Robot ending S4E10: 410

Happy ending or sad ending:  Dom and Darlene are going to go to
Budapest, then Dom changes her mind, then Darlene does not use her
ticket and does not board the plane.  Cross cutting as Dom runs back to the boarding gate.  Music Carly Rae Jepsen "Run Away
with Me" on E.Mo.Tion album   Darlene is in the
bathroom having a panic attack.  So you think it's going to be a happy
ending.  But last shot reveals the empty seat next to Dom.  Music
still playing.

So students.  You already know how to read by genre.  Happy ending--or
shock from happy ending withheld.  Only upbeat is Darlene calming down
and saying to herself in the mirror "I can take care of myself."

Climate Change: what do you want me to say?

Adam Ruins Everything - Why Billionaire Philanthropy is Not So Selfless | truTV

Sandy Hook Promise 'Back-to-School' PSA

Sandy Hook Promise: Gun violence warning signs

Wagner au cinéma - Blow Up - ARTE

Mozart au cinéma - Blow Up - ARTE

Beethoven au cinéma - Blow Up - ARTE

Bach au cinéma - Blow Up - ARTE

Schubert au cinéma - Blow Up - ARTE

Tchaïkovsky au cinéma - Blow Up - ARTE

 Jed Rubenfeld, "Mishandling Rape," Nov. 15, 2014

Yale Law Professor Is Suspended After Sexual Harassment Inquiry

It's so hard to be a billionaire.

Michael Kiwanuka - Cold Little Heart

Big Little Lies: Season 1 Opening Credits | HBO

Twitter Thread on U.S. Slavery


"First of all, they're all psychopaths."

Mindhunter Season 1, Episode 3 (2017)

Long take framed by standard shot reverse shot intro and exits:

Amazon Prime Patriot 1, Season 8 Episode

Please don't be hard on your grad student teachers:

Why adjunct professors are struggling to make ends meet

Btw, don't even think of going to graduate school to get a Ph.D in English--or any other kind of--literature.

ANDREW KAY," Academe's Extinction Event: Failure, Whiskey, 
and Professional Collapse at the MLA," May 10, 2019

Back in the MLA

Stephen Marche, a survivor of academia, returns to a troubled field

Dan Cohen, "The Books of College Libraries Are Turning Into Wallpaper: University libraries around the world are seeing precipitous declines in the use of the books on their shelves" The Atlantic May 2019

Rudy Giuliani Loves Fascism "God Bless America!"

The Purge: Election Year 

ROBOCOP Original Trailer - 1987

Why did police have military-grade equipment in the first place?

365 Days and 605 Armored Military Vehicles Later: Police Militarization a Year After Ferguson

Military veterans see deeply flawed police response in Ferguson

Ferguson, Mo., police routinely violated blacks’ rights, federal inquiry finds

STANLEY FISH  The Trouble With Tolerance NOVEMBER 10, 2006


Cardi B: I Became a Stripper to Escape Domestic Violence

William Wordsworth, THE PRELUDE 



  There are in our existence spots of time,
          That with distinct pre-eminence retain
          A renovating virtue, whence--depressed                     210
          By false opinion and contentious thought,
          Or aught of heavier or more deadly weight,
          In trivial occupations, and the round
          Of ordinary intercourse--our minds
          Are nourished and invisibly repaired;
          A virtue, by which pleasure is enhanced,
          That penetrates, enables us to mount,
          When high, more high, and lifts us up when fallen.

I remember well,

          That once, while yet my inexperienced hand

          Could scarcely hold a bridle, with proud hopes

          I mounted, and we journeyed towards the hills:

          An ancient servant of my father's house

          Was with me, my encourager and guide:                      230

          We had not travelled long, ere some mischance

          Disjoined me from my comrade; and, through fear

          Dismounting, down the rough and stony moor

          I led my horse, and, stumbling on, at length

          Came to a bottom, where in former times

          A murderer had been hung in iron chains.

          The gibbet-mast had mouldered down, the bones

          And iron case were gone; but on the turf,

          Hard by, soon after that fell deed was wrought,

          Some unknown hand had carved the murderer's name.          240

          The monumental letters were inscribed

          In times long past; but still, from year to year

          By superstition of the neighbourhood,

          The grass is cleared away, and to this hour

          The characters are fresh and visible:

          A casual glance had shown them, and I fled,

          Faltering and faint, and ignorant of the road:

          Then, reascending the bare common, saw

          A naked pool that lay beneath the hills,

          The beacon on the summit, and, more near,                  250

          A girl, who bore a pitcher on her head,

          And seemed with difficult steps to force her way

          Against the blowing wind.

Heirich von Kleist, "On the Gradual Production of Thoughts Whilst Speaking"


The current version of this website is the binding one, if you are taking this course.


STEAM, not STEM (The "A" stands for "Arts," as in Liberal Arts.)

If Students Are Smart, They’ll Major in What They Love

How to Think Like Shakespeare

Free Movies Streaming Online at UF Kanopy

Criterion Films on Hulu Plus

Missing UF Faculty (mostly from English)

Thinking of Going to Law School?


Claudio Arrau Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 32 

Mitsuko Uchida Masterclass  Comparing Beethoven N.4 in G Major and Mozart’s K. 503

Satie Vexations Complete non-stop performance ( 9.41 hours ) by Nicolas Horvath

Erik Satie - Tapisserie en fer forgé

Did Led Zeppelin steal Stairway to Heaven's opening notes?

What is a "strong woman?" Who is a "strong woman?" A corporate oligarch funded by Wall Street and former prosecutor? Or a combat veteran funded by individual donors?

Check these out:

Former DNC vice chair: Democratic primary was 'rigged' for Clinton

Tulsi Gabbard Calls Assange’s Arrest A Blow To Transparency And Free Press 

Morning Joe Attacks Tulsi For Opposing War (Time Stamp 3:30)

Tulsi Gabbard challenges Kamala Harris record as a prosecutor | full exchange

Harris dismisses Gabbard attack: I'm a top-tier candidate, she's at 0 or 1 percent

Watch Tulsi Gabbard's interview with Anderson Cooper

Tulsi Gabbard: Kamala Harris 'didn't give any answers'

Gabbard to MSNBC Host: These Are Talking Points Kamala Harris And Her Campaign Are Feeding You

Some "strong women" = mean girls? Tulsi Gabbard Takes On Kamala | The View

Tulsi Gabbard Says Kamala Harris' Jab Was 'Pathetic' and 'Cheap Smear' | TMZ

Mueller Testimony

LP - Lost On You [Official Video]


LP - Lost On You [Official Video]

Judith Herman, Healing the Incest Wound

Rene Descartes, Part Three of Discourse on the Method

Student Co-Leaders:

When you prepare to co-lead, send the final draft of your notes to me via google docs at least twenty-hours before class begins.

Fables of School Reform

Hamlet, In Our Time Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the inspiration for Shakespeare's Hamlet, the play's context and meaning, and why it has fascinated audiences from its first performance.

The Best Years Of Our Lives 1946 music and image

domed bookshelf

 , "Writing About Jews" (DEC, 1963)

TIMOTHY SNYDER, It Can Happen Here

"The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s decision to speak out against Holocaust analogies is a moral threat" JULY 12, 2019

U.S. Banks Are Terrified of Chinese Payment Apps

To understand how I have designed and planned this course, please be sure to look at

PK Feyerabend, Against Method: Outline of an Anarchistic Theory of Knowledge (1975) 

Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, "Scrips and Scribbles," MLN, Vol. 118, No. 3, German Issue (Apr., 2003), pp. 622-636.

John Law, After Method: Mess in Social Science Research Routledge, 2004

Consider everything I say as parts of the contents of a time capsule from long ago that has yet to be opened, much kess indexed and archived.

Katha Pollitt, "Roe Isn’t Going Down Without a Fight," May 2019

Commencement Speeches From Out Of Touch Celebrities 2019

Dr Van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

Judith Herman, Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence--from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror

Academic Time circa 2000: Dr. Judith Lewis Herman, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Harvard ... joins UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler 

Not a very good take:

The Americanization of Popular Culture Should Terrify Us All

A very good take:

Why Netflix and Amazon Algorithms Are Destroying the Movies

Gadaj?ce g?owy/Talking Heads (1980)

Alain Badiou, The True Life

SENIORS FOR STUDENTS, Richard Burt, President

Nietzsche, Friedrich. 1872 Anti-Education Harper's Magazine

Alexandre Kojeve, "Chapter 2 Summary of the First Six Chapters of the Phenomenology of Spirit" in Introduction to the Reading of Hegel 

At Berkeley (dir. Frederick Wiseman, 2013)

Philosopher Ray Monk: why I went vegan

‘If we cut out meat and dairy, we would all live longer, healthier, happier lives’

Left Behind America 9/11/2018 

Jeff Bezos’s “Montessori, Inc.” Sets Up the Ed-Tech Takeover of Pre-K

Exercise and Depression

"When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain."

This Is What It’s Like to Be a Teacher in America (2018)

Close Listening 

5 Minutes That Will Make You Love Classical Music

"Teach us to care and not to care"

by T S Eliot

Stewart Lee on UKIP

Larry David Curb Your Enthusiasm (2017) | HBO

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor” (2018)

Look for the Helpers. --Fred Rogers

Songs which begin before they begin

The snare drum. The Letter Boxtops

Avalon Roxy Music

Peter Gabriel In Your Eyes

John McGlaughlin in Bitches Brew 

The Who - The Kids Are Alright

austerity fails.mp4

Werner Herzog talks books

Former CIA Director Admits to US Foreign Meddling, Laughs About It (2018)



Hillary Clinton Says the ‘Future is Female’


Sorry to Bother You (dir. Boots Riley, 2018)

"The Future is Female Ejaculation" (It is against the law in Australia.)


This segment below is really worth watching in its entirety: One brave anti-war candidate gets through the gauntlet of four furious, total establishment enemy combatants. Gabbard is incredibly poised and strong, calling out the smearing of her and other leftists as it happens in real time, face to face. Bizarrely, it now appears that a woman from the military who actully thinks rationally about foreign interventions and regime changes would make a better than the militarized chickenhawk civilians now running the country.

US Rep. Tulsi Gabbard on MSNBC's Morning Joe -- Feb. 6, 2019

New Episode - Episode 4: New York - Tulsi TV On the Road


Theodor Adorno, " Behind the Mirror" in Minima Moralia: Reflections on a Damaged Life