ENG 4936

German Shakespeare Schlegel to Schmitt

Fall 2015

Warnung! Warning!

Course Description

Course Requirements

Class Schedule

Due the Day Before Each Class:

A. Two Discussion Questions

B. Three BIG WORDS

and / or

C. Three shots with three film analysis terms

Co-leading Class

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Paper Guidelines

 

Periods T2-3, R 3

TUR 2322

UF Class Period Times

Screenings:
M E1-E3
TUR 2322

Periods T2-3 , R 3

 


UF Class Period Times

 



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Professor Richard Burt

ricahrd.a.burt@gmail.com

 

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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 Phone 352 392-6650

Office Hours: after class, and by appointment

 


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Attendance

Course Policies

Grading

TeachingLearning

Learning a Lot about a little and a Little About a Lot

TeachingReaching

Slow Motion Reading

Better to Burt Out than Fade Away

"Why Teach What You Already Know?"

--Jean-Michel Rabaté

"I want to pay tribute to his memory here and to recall all that I owe to the trust and encouragement he gave me, even when, as he one day told me, he did not see at all where I was going. That was in 1966 during a colloquium in the United States in which we were both taking part. After a few friendly remarks on the paper I had just given, Jean Hippolyte added, “That said, I really don’t see where you are going.” I think I replied to him more or less as follows: “If I clearly saw ahead of time where I was going, I don’t really believe that I would take another step to get there.” Perhaps I then thought that knowing where one is going may no doubt help in orienting one’s thinking, but that it has never made anyone take a single step, quite the opposite in fact. What is the good of going where one knows oneself to be going and where one knows that one is destined to arrive? Recalling this reply today, I am not sure that I really understand it very well, but it surely did not mean that I never see or never know where I am going and that to this this extent, to the extent that I do not know, it I not certain that I ever taken any step or said anything at all."

--Jacques Derrida,

"Punctuations: The Time of a Thesis," in The Eyes of the University, 115

For God's sake, Mr. Storyteller, you ask, where are they going? And I answer: for God's sake, Reader, does any of us know where we're going? Where are you going?

--Denis Diderot, Jacques the Fatalist, 41

With all this, Madam,—and what confounded every thing as much on the other hand, my uncle Toby had that unparalleled modesty of nature I once told you of, and which, by the bye, stood eternal sentry upon his feelings, that you might as soon—But where am I going? These reflections crowd in upon me ten pages at least too soon, and take up that time, which I ought to bestow upon facts.

--Laurence Sterne, Tristram Shandy

 

Reading is a vice which can replace all other vices or temporarily take their place in more intensely helping people live, it is an aberration a consuming passion. No, I don’t take any drugs, I take books, of course I have certain preferences, many books don’t suit me at all, some I take only in the morning, others at night, there are books I don’t ever let go, I drag them around with me in the apartment, carrying them from the living room into the kitchen, I read them in the hall standing up, I don’t use a bookmark, I don’t move my lips while reading, early on I learned to read very well, I don’t remember the method, but you ought to look into it. They must have used an excellent method in our provincial elementary schools, at least back when I learned to read.
--Ingeborg Bachmann, Malina: A Novel, trans. Philip Boehm (Teaneck, NJ: Holmes & Meier, 1990), 57-58.

Jacques Derrida, "Plato's Pharmacy"

Look of The Nursing Home (Tagline: "Before you die . . . you've already gone to Hell!")

Geoff Dyer, "Reader's Block"

Jacques Derrida, "Eating Well"

Jacques Derrida Interview on writing as food or drugs

Is the Civil War still being fought in the U.S.?

So much for "States Rights" as the reason the South seceded: "The prevailing ideas entertained by him and most of the leading statesmen at the time of the formation of the old constitution, were that the enslavement of the African was in violation of the laws of nature; that it was wrong in principle, socially, morally, and politically . . . . Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner- stone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition. "

--Alexander H. Stephens, Vice-President of the Confederacy
“Corner Stone” Speech, Savannah, Georgia
March 21, 1861

HAS CAPITALISM FAILED THE WORLD? ("Let them eat credit.")

WORLD WAR II Explained

WORLD WAR I Explained

Documentaries:

Taxi to the Dark Side

Standrard Operating Procedure

Citizenfour

Why We Fight

The Fog of War

Fed Up

Is the United States no longer a democracy? Has it become an oligarchy?

Neconservatism = Neoliberalism: American Exceptionalism and Manifest Destiny

Is Multiculturalism Racism (and Sexism, etc)?

Is Israel Destroying Judaism? More

Income inequality in the United States

Student debt

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

Russell Brand on MSNBC

Russell Brand with Jeremy Paxson on why you should not vote

The Trews with Russell Brand

Freud's Disruptive Student

Autocorrect

Farhenheit 451 paratext

Juan Luis Borges, "Pierre Menard, Author of Don Quixote"

Carlo Ginzburg, Clues

Writing as a Drug

Samsung Instinct film trailer

Martin Scorcese on pan and scan versus letterboxing

Warner Brothers high def website; Toshiba's "dead" website The Look and Sound of Perfect HD-DVD website (YouTube trailer)

Mirrors trailer

Freudian Slips in German

Walter Benjamin, "The Work of Art in the Age of its Reproducibility"

Jacques Derrida in Ghost Dance

Avital Ronell on the examined life

Sigmund Freud, "The Uncanny"

Sigmund Freud, "Dreams and Telepathy"

Sigmund Freud, "Psycho-analysis and Telepathy"

Sigmund Freud, "Mourning and Melancholia"

Sigmund Freud, Beyond the Pleasure Principle standard edition

Derrida on invention and illegality

Jacques Derrida in Ghost Dance

Avital Ronell on the examined life

Sigmund Freud, "The Uncanny"

Friedrich Schlegel, "On Incomprehensibility"

Kafka

Interpretation as Circle

Quotations I Like

My Blog

 

 

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Photo taken by Elizabeth Burt, December 12, 2014. Interior lighting by Elizabeth Burt.

That's me in Berlin circa 1995.

That's me when I was 30.

Sigmund Freud, "Dreams and Telepathy"

Sigmund Freud, "Psycho-analysis and Telepathy"

Sigmund Freud, "Mourning and Melancholia"

Sigmund Freud, Beyond the Pleasure Principle standard edition

Derrida on invention and illegality

 

Jacques Derrida in Ghost Dance

Avital Ronell on the examined life

Sigmund Freud, "The Uncanny"

Friedrich Schlegel, "On Incomprehensibility"

My LibraryThing

Kafka

Interpretation as Circle

Citations

Blogs / News outlets I happen to like: Gawker and RT

My Blog

 

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