Shakespeare and Film

ENG 4133 Section 02A4

Summer A

Period 1, M-F

8:00-9:15 a.m.

May 9 - June 17, 2016

TUR 2322

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Warnung! Warning!

Course Description

Course Requirements

Class Schedule

Due the Day Before Each Class:

A. Two Discussion Questions


and / or

C. Three shots with three film analysis terms

FIRST PAPER, a Film Clip Analysis Assignment, DUE Saturday, May 14 by 11:59 p.m.

SECOND PAPER, 500 word close reading due Saturdat May 21 by 11:59 p.m.


Student Performances Last Week of Class, June 13-17

Co-Leading Class

Yale Film Analysis Website

Paper Guidelines

Students will have to see all films on their own.

UF Class Period Schedule


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 (TUR)

Office Hours in 4314 TUR: Tu / Th 11:00-12:30, and by appointment

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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)

Lou Reed, "This Magic Moment"

When you get to the end of your life, you can see your entire future reduced to a comic book panel from the Flash comic book. You can wee where you are and where your corpse will end up. In the panel below, the Flash is paradoxically stationary at the moment you see him speeding along in the present.

Should I take a class from Burt?


Course Policies



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


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

I gave this student 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."

What Will’s will tells us about Shakespeare

Shakespeare's skull probably stolen by grave robbers, study finds

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


Charles Glass, "Nagmachons,"
Times Literary Supplement | 5th April 2016

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

The CIA's Timeless Tips for "Simple Sabotage"

Michel Foucault's reply to George Steiner's review of Foucualt's The Order of Things (George Steiner, “The Mandarin of the Hour—Michel Foucault,” New York Times Book Review February 21, 1971), “Monstrosities in Criticism” Diacritics 1, no.1 (1971) 57-60

George Steiner, “Steiner Responds to Foucault,” Diacritics 1, no. 2 (Winter, 1971), p. 59.

Foucualt responds to Steiner.




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

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.)

ROZ CHAST, Wonder-Land

Sherlock Holmes as an extremely close reader (and misreader: "Rache" turns out to be the unfinished signature of the victim's first name, "Rachel").

Open Culture

Head to Head - Has capitalism failed the world?

The Abortion Map Today NY Times
Linda Greenhouse APRIL 13, 2016

Originally published in The New Yorker, February 25, 1967

Hannah Arendt, "Lying in Politics: Reflections on The Pentagon Papers"

“The Political Function of the Modern Lie” (Contemporary Jewish Record). Author : Alexander Koyré. Publication Year: 1945.

ANEMONA HART OCOLLIS, "Colleges Spending Millions to Deal With Sexual Misconduct Complaint" MARCH 29, 2016

Richard Burt and Jeffrey Wallen, "Knowing Better: Sex, Cultural Criticism, and the Pedagogical Imperative in the 1990s," Diacritics, "Texts / Contexts," Spring 1999, 29 (1): 72-91.​

The History, Uses, and Abuses of Title IX AAUP

My Title IX Inquisition By Laura Kipnis MAY 29, 2015

MATTHEW Q. CLARIDA, "Law School Profs Condemn New Sexual Harassment Policy"
CRIMSON October 15, 2014

Israeli military struggles with rising influence of Religious-Zionists
By Maayan Lubell April 15, 2016

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 

Jacques Derrida, "Plato's Pharmacy"

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

Remember. Elders Care!

Geoff Dyer, "Reader's Block"

Jacques Derrida, "Eating Well"

Jacques Derrida Interview on writing as food or drugs

Freud's Disruptive Student


Farhenheit 451 paratext

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

Carlo Ginzburg, Clues

Writing as a Drug

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"


Interpretation as Circle

Quotations I Like


Identity Politics

My Blog






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

That's me in Berlin circa 1995.

My wife and me in Berlin 1996

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