All films that are linked below, will direct you to UF Kanopy where you may see them for free. All film titles that are not linked below, you will have to find and see our your own. All linked readings will take you to a pdf. All readings that are not linked you will have to find on your own.

News on the March (formerly known as "Outburts")

Poor Richard’s Almanac
BURT’S Prognostications, Prophecies, and Predictions

If you find yourself talking about the relationship, you are in the wrong relationship.

If you are wrong in a fight, say "I’m sorry." If you are in the right, get to "I’m sorry” even faster.

Discussion Questions are always due by 5:00 p.m. the day before we meet for class.

Email all work to me at richardaburt22@gmail.com

Silent Film Soundtracks and Other Resources

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE (Please expect minor adjustments to be made in the schedule from time to time; all changes will be announced both in class and on the class email listserv; this webpage will also be updated.)

Repetition and the LIMITS of RESEMBLANCE

January 9:

Copy That / Copy

“How do we know it’s not a fake?” The art auction scene in Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest.

William Goldsmith, Uncreative Writing: Managing Language in the Digital Age

Recommended Reading:

(2007)

Due January 10 by 5 p.m.: Two discussion questions numbered one and two, on Juan Luis Borges, "Pierre Menard, Author of Don Quixote." Put your name at the top of the document. Email all work to me at richardaburt22@gmail.com I will no longer post this notice on the schedule below since you should understand the assignment, unless otherwise specified by me, and the due dates (Mondays and Wednesdays by 5 p.m.) by now. Please send me only a word doc or a word docx. Do not send me anything on google drive, etc. Thanks.

January 11 Copy It Exactly

Required Reading:

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

Pierre Menard, autor del Quijote (El jardín de senderos que se bifurcan (1941; Ficciones, 1944)

Recommended Reading (Optional):

Don Quijote > Edición. Primera parte > Capítulo IX (2 de 2)

Y ansí me parece a mí, puesXV cuando pudiera y debiera estender la pluma en las alabanzas de tan buen caballero, parece que de industria las pasa en silencio43: cosa mal hecha y peor pensada, habiendo y debiendo ser los historiadores puntuales, verdaderos y nonada apasionados44, y que ni el interés ni el miedo, el rancor ni la afición45, no les haganXVI torcer del camino de la verdad, cuya madre es la historia, émula del tiempo, depósito de las acciones, testigo de lo pasado, ejemplo y aviso de lo presente, advertencia de lo por venir46.

And this is my own opinion; for, where he could and should give freedom to his pen in praise of so worthy a knight, he seems to me deliberately to pass it over in silence; which is ill done and worse contrived, for it is the business and duty of historians to be exact, truthful, and wholly free from passion, and neither interest nor fear, hatred nor love, should make them swerve from the path of truth, whose mother is history, rival of time, storehouse of deeds, witness for the past, example and counsel for the present, and warning for the future.

Paul de Man reviewing Borges, in "A Modern Master" (1964)

Michel Foucault citing Borges in essay on Steiner, "Monstrosities in Criticism"

George Steiner, Steiner Responds to Foucault, Diacritics Vol. 1, No. 2 (Winter, 1971), p. 59

GEORGE STEINER, "The Mandarin of the Hour Michel Foucault," NYRB February 28, 1971

Due January 15 by 5 p.m.: Two discussion questions numbered one and two, on William Goldsmith, Uncreative Writing: Managing Language in the Digital Age, pp. 1-13; 201-17 and your word by word, line by line, page by page annotations on Juan Luis Borges, "Pierre Menard, Author of Don Quixote." Put your name at the top of the document. Email all work to me at richardaburt22@gmail.com I will no longer post this notice on the schedule below since you should understand the assignment, unless otherwise specified by me, and the due dates (Mondays and Wednesdays by 5 p.m.) by now. Please send me only a word doc or a word docx. Do not send me anything on google drive, etc. Thanks.

January 16 Un-Managed Writing:

(Un)Required Reading:

1. Reread Juan Luis Borges, "Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote" and this time annotate it (look up any name you do not recognize or any place name you do not recognize or anything else the average reader will not know).

2. William Goldsmith, Uncreative Writing: Managing Language in the Digital Age, pp. 1-13; 201-17.

January 18 UnArchiving Writing

Required Reading:

Herman Melville, Bartleby, The Scrivener: A Story Of Wall-street

Recommended Reading:

Anonymous, My Wife and the Wall Street Phantom (1870)

Sigmund Freud, "Creative Writers and Day-Dreaming (Der Dichter und das Phantasieren)" (1908)

January 23 Mis-Managed Writing

Required Reading:

Kathy Acker, Don Quixote: A Novel ("Read" through the novel and then read any 60 pages of the novel you wish to read with these two constraints; first, you must make at least six selections; and second. at least three of your selections must be two or more consecutive pages long.)

January 25

Required Reading:

Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote (trans. Tobias Smollet), Part One, Chapter IX, Chapter XXII; Chapter XXVI; Chapter XXXVIII; Preface and First Part, Part One; Second Part, Dedication and Preface to the Reader, Chapter LXXIV (the final chapter of the novel)

Recommended Reading:

The False Quijote

Sir Thomas More's Utopia 

Carmine R. Linsalata, Smollett's HoaxDon Quixote in English (AMS Press, 1956)

Recommended Viewing:

Don Quixote (dir. Orson Welles, 1991)

First Paper Due Saturday January 27 by 11:59 p.m.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Your assignment is to do a close reading of an assigned text. Focus on a passage or a scene and discuss it in detail. That passage or scene is your paper topic. Cite the text or film to make your points. Develop your thesis. The text is your evidence. If you don't know what a close reading is and have never done one before, be sure to go to http://writingcenter.fas.harvard.edu/pages/how-do-close-reading. You may also ask me for clarification. You must also know how to write a research paper, or analytical essay. You will need a title for your paper and a thesis, an argument that you can state in one sentence. Your thesis should go at the end of your first paragraph. To make sure we share the same understanding of the assigned paper, please read http://users.clas.ufl.edu/burt/paper.html before you begin writing. You may figure out your title before you write your paper, but usually, you only figure out your title after you figure out your thesis. And you figure out your thesis by writing your paper. What you think is your conclusion often needs to be moved up from the end of the essay to the front. Then you are ready to make your final revisions and add a new concluding paragraph. You may also have come up with a new title in the course of writing the paper. And then you are ready to proofread your paper. And then you will have finished writing your paper. Congratulations! :) Also, please insert image captures as needed.

Email your paper (as an attachment) to me at richardaburt22@gmail.com. Put your name in the subject title or header of your title. Put your name in your paper.

Grading: I will meet with you in person to discuss your paper with you. PLEASE BE ADVISED: If you didn't do the asignment, a close reading, your grade is an automatic E. If didn't put your name on your paper, it's an automatic E. If you didn't have a proper title, it's an automatic E. If you didn't have a thesis, it's an automatic E. One third of your grade will be based on your title; one third on your thesis; and one third on the rest of your paper.

Live GRADING in 4314 Turlington

January 30

Required Viewing: F for Fake (dir. Orson Welles, 1975)

Recommended Reading: Clifford Irving, FAKE! The Story of Elmyr de Hory, the Greatest Art Forger of Our Time (I own an autograpged copy. Irving died December 22, 2017)

Recommended Viewing:

Two fake Picassos are used in Basic Instinct, along with several nods to Orson Welles's Touch of Evil, in Basic Instinct (dir. Paul Verhoeven, 1992).

Invaders From Mars (1953)

vs.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

February 1

Required Viewing: Wormwood (dir. Errol Morris 2017) on Netflix, episodes 1-2

Recommended Viewing:

Laurence Olivier's Hamlet (1948)

February 6

Required Viewing: Wormwood (dir. Errol Morris 2017) on Netflix, episodes 3-4

Recommended:

The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception

Martin Luther (1953)

Film noir

Out of the Past (dir. Jacques Tourneur, 1947)

February 8 Forensics, or Fauxrensics?

Required Viewing: Wormwood (dir. Errol Morris 2017) on Netflix, episodes 5-6

Recommended Viewing:

The Thin Blue Line (dir. Errol Morris, 1988)

February 13

Required Reading:

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Gambler, Chapters 1-11

Recommended Reading:

‘Blooks: The Art of Books That Aren’t’ Explores the World of Fake Books

February 15

Required Reading:

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Gambler, Chapters 12-17

Recommended Reading:

Sigmund Freud, "Dostoevsky and Parricide"

February 20 (Two Readings, so write one DQ on each, but look up three BIG words for each reading.)

Required Viewing:

1. Lawrence Weschler, "VALUE I--A FOOL'S QUESTIONS," New Yorker, January 18, 1988 Issue

2. Lawrence Weschler, "VALUE II--CONFUSIONS AND ANXIETIES," New Yorker, January 25, 1988 Issue

Recommended Reading:

Lawrence Weschler, Boggs: A Comedy of Values

Anthony Comstock, Frauds Exposed; or, How the People are Deceived and Robbed, and Youth Corrupted (1880)

J.S.C. Boggs Obituary in the NY Times

Recommended Viewing:

Francis Alÿs: A Story of Deception

Francis Alys

Francis Alÿs = Amplios detalles

GALLERY FAKE #6

Fake Book Covers David Byrne / Fake Criterion Covers

Un double portrait de Rembrandt rénové par une équipe franco-néerlandaise

February 22

Required Viewing:

Tim's Vermeer (dir. Mark Penn, 2013)

Recommended:

Vermeer's Camera and Tim's Vermeer

February 27 Cold Case Murder Investigation, or FAUXRENSICS Repeated

Required Listening and Reading:

1. Orson Welles' 1938 War of the Worlds radio broadcast

2. Adrian Chen, "The Fake-News Fallacy: Old fights about radio have lessons for new fights about the Internet" September 17, 2017

Recommended Reading and Viewing:

Did the 1938 Radio Broadcast of 'War of the Worlds' Cause a Nationwide Panic?

The Myth of the War of the Worlds Panic Orson Welles’ infamous 1938 radio program did not touch off nationwide hysteria. Why does the legend persist?

"F for Fake" original trailer by Orson Welles - 1976

Rembrandt's J'Accuse (dir. Peter Greenaway, 2008)

March 1: X-Ray, DNA evidence in estasblishing painting forgeries. Connoisseurs versus fingerprints and other forensic evidence.

Required Reading:

Errol Morris "Vermeer Forgery" NY Times (part one of a series of seven)on "Vermeer Forgery" NY Times (the entire series, scroll down and go to part two, and then follow the links to the rest of the series)

Reprinted in Believing Is Seeing: Observations on the Mysteries of Photography

Recommended Reading: Morelli on art collecting; David Grann, "The Mark of a Masterpiece: The man who keeps finding famous fingerprints on uncelebrated works of art"; Painter charged with making fake Jackson Pollock paintings (July 2014); Mark Segoff, "Restoring and Reproducing Art"; Dutch Still Lives (17th Ct.) with x-rays of layers of paintStill Lives with online annotation popupsL#st F*ct%ons: Caragio's Musan

March 6 and March 8 SPRING BREAK

March 13

Required Reading:

Neil Hertz, "Two Extravagant Teachings," in The End of the Line, pp. 155-70.

March 15

I Can Do What They Did Better

Required Reading:

Marcel Proust, The Lemoine Affair. Read the linked pdf and read for free pp. 9-22 online here with "look inside."

Recommended:

Henri Lemoine (fraudster)

Unrecommended Reading (Not Required):

William Goldsmith, Uncreative Writing: Managing Language in the Digital Age.

Recommended Viewing:

David Shields wants writers to ignore the laws regarding appropriation and create new forms for the 21st century.

March 20 Literary History Break (two classes)

Required Reading:

Robert Burton's "Democritus Junior to the Reader," in Anatomy of Melancholy

Recommended Reading:

Laurence Sterne's sermon "The Abuses of Conscience" recycled in Sterne's Tristram Shandy, Volume 2

Joseph Lowenstein, “Martial, Jonson, and the Assertion of Plagiarism,” Reading, Society, and Politics in Early Modern England, eds. Steven Zwicker and Kevin Sharpe (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002).

March 22

Required Reading:

Ireland, W. H. and White, Richard Grant, The Confessions of William Henry Ireland, containing the particulars of his fabrication of the Shakespeare Manuscript, pp. 247-317.

Recommended Reading:

An inquiry into the authenticity of certain miscellaneous papers and legal instruments, published Dec. 24, MDCCXCV. and attributed to Shakspeare, Queen Elizabeth, and Henry, Earl of Southampton: illustrated by fac-similes of the genuine hand-writing of that nobleman, and of Her Majesty; a new fac-simile of the hand-writing of Shakspeare, never before exhibited; and other authentic documents: in a letter addressed to the Right Hon. James, Earl of Charlemont

A letter to George Steevens, Esq. containing a critical examination of the ...

By James Boaden, William Henry Ireland, George STEEVENS

The Dramatic Works of Shakspeare Revised by George Steevens

John Payne Collier, 1789-1883, Notes and emendations to the text of Shakespeare's plays from early manuscript corrections in a copy of the folio, 1632, in the possession of J. Payne Collier

Arthur Freeman, Janet Ing Freeman, John Payne Collier: Scholarship and Forgery in the Nineteenth Century, Volumes 1 and 2

March 25: Ten Uncreative Writing Entries Due. Don't turn in bad ones just to make the ten cut. Turn in only good ones. If I see you have turned in bad ones, I will only think less of your creative abilities, imagination, and aesthetic judgment.

March 26:

Required Viewing:

HyperNormalisation (dir. Adam Curtis, 2016).

March 28:

Required Reading:

Nathaniel Hawthorne, "Wakefield," in Twice-Told Tales, pp. 185-98

March 31 Second Paper (500 words) DUE Saturday March 31 by 11:59 p.m.

Email your paper (as an attachment) to me atrichardaburt22@gmail.com. Put your name in the

April 3

Required Viewing:

L'Argent (dir. Robert Bresson, 1983)

April 5

Required Reading:

Leo Tolstoy, "The Forged Coupon" 

Leo TolstoyDavid Patterson (Translator) The Forged Coupon 

April 10

Required Viewing:

The Counterfeiters (dir. Stefan Ruzowitzky, 2007)

April 12

Required Viewing:

T-Men (dir. Anthony Mann, 1947)

April 17

Required Viewing

Orson Welles' Citizen Kane

April 19

No Class.

April 24

Charles Baudelaire, "Counterfeit Money"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 9: Ten Uncreative Writing Entries Due. Don't turn in bad ones just to make the 10 cut. Turn in only good ones. If I see you turn in bad ones, I will only think less of your creative abilities and aesthetic judgment.

I'll have to teach the class twice to see if I can do again what I did here exactly. I'll make a movie of what I do each class this semester. And then next semester the transcription and descriptions of what I've done will be my script in class every class. But since you are all new, I'll have to say whatever I'm saying now again only to different students who will therefore not know how to respond to me since there will be silences to indicate the times I wasn't speaking. Students may fill the voids. Or I could play the recording for you each class. Would it be the same class?

April 23 Final Ten Entries Due. Don't turn in bad ones just to make the 10 cut. Turn in only good ones. If I see you turn in bad ones, I will only think less of your creative abilities and aesthetic judgment.

Required Reading:

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, "A Case of Identity" (1899) and "The Adventure of the Cardboard Box" (1893)

Final Paper (50 words) due April 23 by 5:00 p.m. (please email it to me at richardaburt22@gmail.com).

Reading:

1. Carlo Ginzburg, "Clues: Roots of an Evidential Paradigm" (1984)

2. Carlo Ginzburg, "Minutiae, Close-up, Microanalysis"  Translated by S. R. Gilbert.

Optional Reading: D.A. Greetham, "Textual Forensics"; Sigmund Freud, "The Moses of Michelangelo" (1914) Standard Edition, 13: 209-238; Digital "Exploded Manuscript" of Freud's essay; Post-truth politics: Carlo Ginzburg and the trails of microhistory

In Europe, Fake Jobs Can Have Real Benefits By LIZ ALDERMANMAY 29, 2015

Recommended Reading:

Class Uncreative Writing Assignment

J.S.C. Boggs, Obituary in the NY Times

DNC Unity Member LOVES Superdelegates!

Elaine Kamarck

https://www.brookings.edu/experts/elaine-kamarck/?

News on the March from Orson Welles' Citizen Kane.

Who's Out There ? 1975 NASA Orson Welles Documentary on Aliens

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE | War of the Worlds Preview | PBS

Orson Welles Apology for War of the Worlds Broadcast

Orson Welles Meets H.G. Wells - The 1940 Radio Broadcast

AT&T Operators Recall War of the Worlds Broadcast - AT&T Archives

A man reads several newspapers about Orson Welles' radio broadcast of alien invasion

October 30, 1938 Orson Welles Broadcasts The War of The Worlds

The War of the Worlds

COLUMBIA BROADCASTING SYSTEM
ORSON WELLES AND MERCURY THEATRE ON THE AIR
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30, 1938
8:00 TO 9:00 P.M.

Documents expose how Hollywood promotes war on behalf of the Pentagon, CIA and NSA

US military intelligence agencies have influenced over 1,800 movies and TV shows

'Black Panther' puts spotlight on Xhosa, a real African language spoken by Nelson Mandela

Wakanda Is a Fake Country, but the African Language in ‘Black Panther’ Is Real

Paolo Cherchi Usai, David Alexander Horwath, Michael Loebenstein, ed. Film Curatorship: Museums, Curatorship and the Moving Image (chapter three, pp.107-29)

Eric Hebborn, The Art Forger's Handbook (selected pages on pdf)

The Wizard of Oz "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain."

Fake Book Covers David Byrne / Fake Criterion Covers

Nomi Prins - It Takes a Pillage

 Bernie Sanders interviews Nomi Prins about It Takes a Pillage

Paolo Cherchi Uschai, Silent Cinema: An Introduction Chapter Three on "The Ethics of Film Preservation," pp. 44-76

http://users.clas.ufl.edu/burt/burtnewcensorship.pdf

"Loosening Our Grip on the Truth?"

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/03/technology/how-the-internet-is-loosening-our-grip-on-the-truth.html

"Does Advertising Ruin Everything?"

In his new book, The Attention Merchants, the Columbia University professor and writer Tim Wu traces the history of the advertising business from its origins in the 19th century to the modern phenomenon of ad-blocking software on websites."We have to get over our addiction to free stuff. Suck it up and pay,” says Tim Wu, the author of a new book on the history of ads.

https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/10/tim-wu/504623/?

“Where hoaxes before were shared by your great-aunt who didn’t understand the internet, the misinformation that circulates online is now being reinforced by political campaigns, by political candidates or by amorphous groups of tweeters working around the campaigns,” said Caitlin Dewey, a reporter at The Washington Post who once wrote a column called “What Was Fake on the Internet This Week.”

Ms. Dewey’s column began in 2014, but by the end of last year, she decided to hang up her fact-checking hat because she had doubts that she was convincing anyone.

“In many ways the debunking just reinforced the sense of alienation or outrage that people feel about the topic, and ultimately you’ve done more harm than good,” she said.

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/03/technology/how-the-internet-is-loosening-our-grip-on-the-truth.html

Optional Reading:

Jorge Luis Borges, "Funes el memorioso." English trans.

Jorge Luis Borges's "Funes el memorioso." Spanish

VAN GOGH Repetitions Exhibition

Van Gogh Repetitions, ed. Eliza Rathbone, William H. Robinson, Steele Elizabeth and Marcia Steele

Titian Remade: Repetition and the Transformation of Early Modern Italian Art