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Fall 2019

ENG 4133

Section1C26 13337


Preposterously Re-Visiting Literature and Film Adaptations and Editions

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MWF Period 3

Screenings R E1-E3

TUR 2322/ ROL 0115

Class Number 13337

TUR 2322

Office: 4314 Turlington Hall 

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

(Watch films on disc or streaming: UF KANOPY is free; the Criterion Channel is free for the first two weeks)

Computers are not allowed to be used in class. Please turn off your cell phones and computers before class. Take notes with paper and pen or pencil.


Class Schedule

Course Description

Course Requirements

A, and or B, and C Below are Due the Day Before Each M and W Class by 5:00 p.m.:

A. Two Discussion Questions


and / or

C. Three shots with three film analysis terms

Co-Leading Class

M W F Period 2

UF Class Period Times

War and Peace | Trailer

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

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

Yale Film Analysis Website

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I am not on canvas



Course Policies

Live Grading

Film Analysis 

Paper Guidelines

Yale Film Analysis

Columbia Film Language Glossary 

Criterion: Three Reasons

You Call the Shots! Quiz


Slow Motion Reading 

Elite Civility

Trickle Down Feminism

What is neoliberalism?




I dedicate this course to Avital Ronnell.

Michael Kiwanuka - Cold Little Heart

Big Little Lies: Season 1 Opening Credits | HBO

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

Direct Knowledge (Information; myth) vs. Oblique Knowledge ([Deniable] Analogy; Philosophy and Literature)

Kevin Baker, "The Deep State of Dementia" From the September 2019 issue pdf

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


Cardi B: I Became a Stripper to Escape Domestic Violence

Agnotology: Culturally Constructed Ignorance Wins the Day 
By Barry Ritholtz

"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."

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

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]

Judith Herman, Healing the Incest Wound

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

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?

Feminists clash over strip club industry – as dancers protest to save jobs


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

Gadaj?ce g?owy/Talking Heads (1980)

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.


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


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


Theodo Adorno,

 , "Writing About Jews" (DEC, 1963)

U.S. Banks Are Terrified of Chinese Payment Apps

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

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

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.)

“America has always been at its best when America has acted as one America”

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