ENG 4133 Section 1C26

I See Deaf People:

Dis- ability and the Reinvention of Silent Cinema

Fall 2016

T 2-3, R 3

Turlington 2322

Email all work for the course to me at richardaburt22@gmail.com

Warnung! Warning!

Professor Richard Burt

ricahrd.a.burt@gmail.com

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

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

Course Description

Course Requirements

Class Schedule

Due the Day Before Each Class:

A. Two Discussion Questions

and /either

B. Three BIG WORDS

or

C. Three shots with three film analysis terms

or both, depending on the assignment.

FIRST PAPER, a Film Clip Analysis Assignment, DUE Saturday, January 21 by 11:59 p.m.

Co-Leading Class

Periods T 2-3, R 3

 

Screenings:
T E1-E3

115 Rolfs Hall
Class Times

 

 



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Please Touch the Art: 3-D Printing Helps Visually Impaired Appreciate Paintings

watch-a-blind-man-experience-his-own-portrait-for-the-first-time.html

Ludovico Einaudi - "Elegy for the Arctic"

Face It:

Defacement and Disfuration in Film

How to Think Like Shakespeare

Free Movies Streaming Online at UF Kanopy

Criterion Films on Hulu Plus

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Do Touch The Artwork At Prado's Exhibit For The Blind

 

Tei Shi - "Bassically" (Official Music Video)

Trigger Happy Warning

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SEVEN DEVELOPMENTS

I gave this student's paper an E grade (the assignment was to write a 50 word first paragraph of an essay, with a thesis at the end and a title at the top). I call BS.

"Camera Voyeurism in Blow Up

Through various scenes in Michelangelo Antonioni’s film, Blow Up, one can see that the photographer is unaffected by what he sees as a voyeur through the lens of his camera, as the scenes in the park, but in the scenes where he does not use his camera, what he partakes in greatly affects him such as the mimes playing tennis."

KnowingBetterSexCulturalCriticismandthePedagogicalImperativeinthe1990s.pdf

Montage Teaching

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

Thinking of Going to Law School?

 

A little about me

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


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

Missing UF Faculty (mostly from English)

Agnotology: Culturally Constructed Ignorance Wins the Day
By Barry Ritholtz
http://bv.ms/28YUuaw

https://www.currentaffairs.org/2016/06/the-unendurable-horrors-of-leadership-camp

"The company eagerly cultivates an academic aura, and the facility is
referred to as its “campus.” The campus bookstore sells dozens of
business books, of the kind ubiquitous in airport newsstands. Typical
selections included The World’s Most Powerful Leadership Principle:
How to Become a Servant Leader (featuring a jacket blurb from the
Senior Vice President of Operations for Chik-fil-a) and Leading with
Soul: An Uncommon Journey of Spirit. Alas, they did not have my
favorite managerial tome of all time, If Harry Potter Ran General
Electric: Leadership Wisdom from the World Of Wizards, which is a
genuine, honest-to-God book that you can look up and purchase."

https://theintercept.com/2016/06/25/brexit-is-only-the-latest-proof-of-the-insularity-and-failure-of-western-establishment-institutions/

Mary Russo, The Female Grotesque: Risk, Excess and Modernity (1994)​

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67vUWVwKRYs

Sigmund Freud,"The Taboo on Virginity"

Laura Kipnis, "Stupid Sex / Higher Education"

Tomorrow's Professor https://tomprof.stanford.edu/posting/1502

Lip synching and music videos

Lorde https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nlcIKh6sBtc

Bryan Ferry

"Slave to Love"

George Michaels

"Freedom"

Tei Shi - "Bassically" (Official Music Video)

Structure, Scaffolding, and the Leap of Faith Indiana Jones

The Dark Knight

Heath Ledger Joker as Agent of Chaos (2008)

William Empson, "Annex on Dramatic Irony" in 7 Types of Ambiguity.

 

Should I take a class with Burt?

Is there a book in this class?

Attendance

Class Policies

Paper Guidelines

Grading

Film Theory

Really Bad Film Criticism (Example)

Film Analysis

TeachingLearning

TeachingReaching

Warnung

Slow Motion Reading

Better to Burt Out than to fade away

Screenings:

T 9-11

115 Rolfs Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Universal Conscription in the U.S.

Nouvelle vidéo démonstration de sécurité Air France / New Air France safety demonstration video

Air France Commercial (2015)

Air France - Making of film France is in the air

Avital Ronell, "The uninterrogated question of stupidity."
differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies.
8.2 (Summer 1996)

when-music-is-violence​

https://theintercept.com/2016/06/25/brexit-is-only-the-latest-proof-of-the-insularity-and-failure-of-western-establishment-institutions/

Mary Russo, The Female Grotesque: Risk, Excess and Modernity (1994)​

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67vUWVwKRYs

Sigmund Freud,"The Taboo on Virginity"

Laura Kipnis, "Stupid Sex/Higher Education"

Tomorrow's Professor https://tomprof.stanford.edu/posting/1502

Lip synching and music videos

Lorde https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nlcIKh6sBtc

Bryan Ferry

"Slave to Love"

George Michaels

"Freedom"

Tei Shi - "Bassically" (Official Music Video)

Structure, Scaffolding, and the Leap of Faith Indiana Jones

The CIA’s Kafkaesque Guide to Subverting Any Organization with “Purposeful Stupidity” (1944)

The CIA's Timeless Tips for "Simple Sabotage"

 

ANANTICIPATORY LEARNING

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Pausing to leave a text in order to find out more about what is being discussed and described; going a source like wikipedia to find out a little bit about or going to youtube to listen to a piece of music; returning to the text where you left. The text returns to you; you may reread it; you may finally read it after all; you may learn even more. Thedor Adorno; Adorno and Mann correspondence; Mann, Genesis of Doktor Faustus: The Novel of a Novel; Schoenberg; you read books and articles; you listen to more performances of Beethoven, more recordings; your learn about pianists who perform the piece--Maurizio Pollini); you learn about the piano sonata; about the sonata and classical music; classical versus romantic music; late Beethoven--quarterts; deafness, and so on.)

You Already Know how to Read Film (Genre--you know what to expect) Example: Hostel (2005)

Performing Race:

Black Like You: Blackface, Whiteface, Insult & Imitation in American Popular Culture 

Writers Reading Writers

"Neoliberal Arts" Harper's Magazine 2015

Dickens, Charles. 1852. "A Ragged School," Harper's Magazine

"Historical, in fact philological, consider- ations have slowly but surely taken the place of profound explorations of eternal problems. The question becomes: What did this or that phi- losopher think or not think? And is this or that text rightly ascribed to him or not? And even: Is this variant of a classical text preferable to that other? Students in university seminars today are encouraged to occupy themselves with such emasculated inquiries. As a result, of course, philosophy itself is banished from the university altogether."

Nietzsche, Fredrich. 1872 anti-education Harper's Magazine

Friedrich Nietzsche,1872. ANTI-EDUCATION introduction and annotation by Paul Reitter and Chad Wellmon, translated from the German by Damion Searls

Heidegger, Martin, 1933. "The Self-Assertion of the German University and The Rectorate 1933/34: Facts and Thoughts," Review of Metaphysics 38 (March 1985): 467-502.

Auerbach, Eric. 1943. Epilogue to Mimesis: The Represenation of Reality in Western Literature

Curtius, E. R. 1947. Die auslandiche wissenschaftliche Literatur der Kriegs- und Nachkriegsjahre ist mir bis auf verschwindende Ausnahmen nicht zuganglich gewesen. Auch die Bonner Universitatebibliothek ist seit 1944 in folge eines Bombenangriffs teils unbenuntzbar, teils verbrannt. Ich habe daher manches Zitat nicht meher vergleichen, manche Quelle nicht mehr einsehen konnen. Aber wenn die literature 'das fragment der Fragmente" ist (Goethe), muss ein Versuch wie der vorleigende erst recht den Charackter des Fragmentarishcen tragen.

During the war and postwar years, I lost sight of foreign literary criticism after it vanished and was thus inaccessible to me. Also, as a consequence of an air raid in 1944, parts of the Bonn University Library were unusable or burnt. I could no longer check various citations or consult many sources. But if literature is "the fragment of fragments" (Goethe), an attempt like this one in particular must exhibit a fragmentary character.] — "Vorwort," in Europaisches Literatur und Lateinische Mittelater, (my translation; not translated in the English edition of 195

Curtius, E. R. 1953. I have tried to show that humanistic tradition is from time to time attacked by philosophy. It may suffer a serious setback from these aggressions. Many signs seem to point to the fact that we are faced once more with an incursion of philosophers, existentialists... "Appendix: The Medieval Bases of Western Thought," European Literature in the Latin Middle Ages, 592

De Man, Paul. 1983. As a control discipline . . . philology represents a store of established knowledge; to seek to supersede it . . . is without merit. "Heidegger's Exegeses of Hölderlin," Blindness and Insight, 263-4.

Readings, BiIl. 1997. The University in Ruins. Harvard University Press.

Derrida, Jacques. 2001. "The University Without Condition," originally delivered as a Presidential Lecture at Stanford University in 1998. Its title was "The Future of the Profession or the University Without Condition (Thanks to the 'Humanities,' What Could Take Place Tomorrow)." This version can be found in Jacques Derrida and the Humanities: A Critical Reader, ed. Tom Cohen (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2001), 24-57. A slightly altered version, recast as an essay, appeared as "The University Without Condition" in Jacques Derrida, Without Alibi, trans. Peggy Kamuf (Stanford: Stanford Univ. Press, 2002), 202-37. The French original is L'université sans condition (Paris: Galilée, 2001).

Derrida, Jacques. 2002. Who's Afraid of Philosophy: Right to Philosophy 1 trans. Jan Plug. Stanford Univ. Press,

Derrida,Jacques. 2004. Eyes of the University: Right to Philosophy 2 trans. Jan Plug. Stanford Univ. Press,

When do you have to go outside the text in order to understand it? Philology (history through etymology)

Philology as entry into history and culture: Life / Sex Life / End of Life = life, sex, and death=civilization

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"

Set design for the trailer / short film The Nursing Home (Tagline: "Before you die . . . you've already gone to Hell!"), to be filmed with scale models and voice-overs.

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Remember. Elders Care!

You Already Know how to Read Film (Genre--you know what to expect) Example: Hostel (2005)

Geoff Dyer, "Reader's Block"

Jacques Derrida, "Eating Well"

Jacques Derrida Interview on writing as food or drugs

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

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

That's me in Berlin circa 1995.

Me circa. 1984

 

 

September 19, 1998, possibly the happiest day of my life. Photo taken by Maclay Burt.