Please read the Class Policies page now.

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Requirements: TOTAL ATTENDANCE; Co-lead class discussion twice, once on a Tuesday and once on a Thursday; two discussion questions; three film shots; and three or more "BIG WORDS" for each assigned reading or film for each class; student formulated quizzes each class; a Film Clip Analysis due September 20 by 11:59 p.m. and two 700 word papers, due Saturday October 31 by 11:59 p.m. and Tuesday December 8, respectively; an openess to experiences and topics outside your comfort zone; and a willingness to reflect, think, respond creatively and imaginatively, by paying very, VERY, VERY close formal attention to the structure of the readings and films. Co-leaders will serve as prosecutor and public defender, and students will be witnesses called to testify by taking their shot (from the film) and discussing it. A different student will volunteer each class to be the bailiff. I will serve as Supreme Court Justice.

Readings and films will include, Fritz Lang, Scarlet Street (1945); Fritz Lang, M (1931); Fritz Lang, Fury (1936); Fritz Lang, You Only Live Once (1937); Alfred Hitchcock, The Wrong Man (1956); Alfred Hitchcock, Vertigo (1958) William Godwin, Caleb Williams; Shock Corridor (dir. Sam Fuller, 1962); The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence (dir. John Ford, 1962); Orson Welles, The Trial (1962); Sopocles, Oedipus Rex; Stranger on the Third Floor (dir. Boris Ingster, 1940); I Was a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (dir. Mervyn LeRoy, 1932); James Hogg, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner; Missing (dir. Costas Gravas, 1982); Arthur Conan Doyle, Adventures of Sherlock Holmes; The Tenant (dir. Roman Polanski, 1976); Lost Highway (dir. David Lynch, 1994); Franz Kafka, "The Penal Colony"; Juan Luis Borges, "Death and the Compass"; Jacques Derrida, The Death Penalty Seminar, Vol. 1; and Touch of Evil (dir. Orson Welles, 1958)

Requirements: TOTAL ATTENDANCE; Co-lead class discussion twice, once on a Tuesday and once on a Thursday; two discussion questions; three film shots; and three or more "BIG WORDS" for each assigned reading or film for each class; student formulated quizzes each class; a Film Clip Analysis due September 20 by 11:59 p.m.and two 700 word papers, due Saturday October 31 by 11:59 p.m. and Tuesday December 8, respectively; an openess to experiences and topics outside your comfort zone; and a willingness to reflect, think, respond creatively and imaginatively, by paying very, VERY, VERY close formal attention to the structure of the readings and films. Co-leaders will serve as prosecutor and public defender, and students will be witnesses called to testify by taking their shot (from the film) and discussing it. A different student will volunteer each class to be the bailiff. I will serve as Supreme Court Justice.

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All required books are in the UF Bookstore. All other readings are linked on the schedule page.

If you want to be in this class, you have to be in it.

Therefore:

If you are late to class, or if you leave during class, or if you leave class early, you will fail the class. You are allowed two absences without excuse or penalty. Rather than arrive late or leave early, use one of your allowed absence. I strongly recommend that you wake up early and plan to arrive by 8:25 a.m.

You'll need to have a copy of the reading--a copy printed on paper--with you in class.

I don't not allow the use of cell-phones, kindles, or computers in class. If you have a cell phone with you during class, please turn it off (not on vibe, but off). Take notes with paper and a pen or pencil. (I can see you, lol.)

I take silent roll for each class. If you don't turn in the discussion questions, three shots, and "big words" (when they are due), I will count you as absent. For more details, see the class policies here.

To repeat: If you want to be in this class, you have to be in it. In short, if your ambition is only to get a "C" in this course, you should not take it.

Two students will co-lead class discussion each class once on a Tuesday and once on a Thursday.

Students who co-lead class will also give a quiz (two questions) at the beginning of the class they co-lead.

Missed quizzes may be not be made up.

Late work may not be made up.

Assignment (two-parts) for each class:

A. Two discussion questions, numbered 1 and 2 and with your name at the bottom of the document, on each assigned reading or film are due by 5 p.m. on Mondays. And two discussion questions, numbered 1 and 2, on each assigned reading or film are due by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. Email your questions in one word document (as an attachment) to me at richardburt33@gmail.com. If you plan to attend the screening, you may send your film DQs and three shots by 10:00 p.m. on Mondays. The projector in Turlington is a computer projector, not a film projector. So the image quality and sound quality may be worse at the screenings than the quality of what you can get at home watching the film by downloading it or streaming it.

B. Three Film Shots

C. BIG WORDS (at least 3) defined from the readings (not the films):

Many of the readings will be difficult, partly because the vocabularies the writers use contain technical terms you probably won't know as well as "big words" you may not know. Since you can easily go to wiktionary to look up the meanings and etymologies of words you don't know, I ask that you include at least three words you had to look up with your discussion questions. That will help everyone in the class. And since this is an English class, you should want to expand your vocabulary, no? :) Words also have histories. You may want to consult the Oxford English Dictionary online through UF.

1. Got to Databases and type in "OED" and then hit "Find."

You will get to this page. Double click on "Oxford English Dictionary."

You will get to OED at this page, where you can look up words of interest.

 

 

See also Impact (1949) and The Loophole