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Assignment (two-parts) for each class:


Tentative Schedule: (Please expect changes to be made in the schedule from time to time during the semester--they will be announced well ahead of time both in class and by email).

August 25:

High Anxiety: Description and Analysis for the Blind Exercise

Dream Sequence in Alfred Hitchock's Vertigo (1958)

"Che sera, sera" sequence at the end of The Man Who Knew Too Much (dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 1956).

August 27: "This Class Will Now Come to Disorder!"

The Record and Recording Technologies: CSIs

Required Viewing:

The Thin Blue Line (dir. Errol Morris, 1989)

Due August 26 by 7 p.m. Two discussion questions, numbered one and twoand three shots with three film analysis terms on The Thin Blue Line (dir. Errol Morris, 1989), with your name at the bottom of the document, due by 7 p.m. Email your DQs in one word document (as an attachment) to me at richardburt33@gmail.com. Don't forget to put your name in the document and in the document heading at the bottom, after your DQs, as in "Burt.doc."

September 1: The Double: The Forensics or Theology of Guilt:

Required Viewing: Alfred Hitchcock, The Wrong Man (1956)

Due August 31 by 5 p.m. Two discussion questions and three shots on Alfred Hitchcock, The Wrong Man (1956), numbered one and two, with your name at the bottom of the document, due by 5 p.m. Email your DQs in one word document (as an attachment) to me at richardaburt22@gmail.com. Don't forget to put your name in the document, after the DQs at the bottom, and in the document heading.

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September 3: The Revenge of the Undead:

Required Viewing: Fritz Lang, Fury (1936)

Required Reading: Franz Kafka, "The Judgment: A Story for F." (Das Urteil) aka "The Verdict" ("Urteil" means both judgment / verdict as moment of violence, a death sentence) in Metamorphosis and Other Stories. trans. Michael Hofmann

Optional:

Stanley Corngold's essay on "The Judgment."

Translating, Stumbling over Kafka

Due September 2: Two discussion questions and three shots on Fritz Lang, Fury (1936), numbered one and two, and two discussion questions and and three big words on Franz Kafka, "The Judgment: A Story for F.," numbered one and two, with your name at the bottom of the document, due by 5 p.m. Email your DQs in one word document (as an attachment) to me at richardburt33@gmail.com. Don't forget to put your name in the document and in the document heading.

September 8: Mockery of Justice or Just Mockery? Criminal Convictions

Required Viewing: 12 Angry Men (dir. Sidney Lumet, 1967)

Due September 7: Two discussion questions and three shots on 12 Angry Men, numbered one and two, with your name at the bottom of the document, due by 5 p.m. Email your DQs in one word document (as an attachment) to me at richardburt33@gmail.com. Don't forget to put your name in the document and in the document heading.

Due September 9: Two discussion questions and three shots on Fritz Lang, M (1931), numbered one and two, with your name at the bottom of the document, due by 5 p.m. Email your DQs in one word document (as an attachment) to me at richardburt33@gmail.com.

September 10: Required Viewing: Fritz Lang, M (1931)

Due September 15: Two discussion questions and three shots on Mr. Klein (dir. Joseph Losey, 1976), numbered one and two, with your name at the bottom of the document, due by 7 p.m. Email your DQs in one word document (as an attachment) to me at ririchardaburt22@gmail.com. Don't forget to put your name in the document and in the document heading.

September 16 Required Viewing:

Mr. Klein (dir. Joseph Losey, 1976)

Optional:

The unidentified Dutch painting in Joseph Losey's Mr. Klein (1976)

Jacques Derrida, The Death Penalty Seminar, Vol. 1, session 11 on Immanuel Kant's defense of the penalty in the name of human life (as opposed to prolonging "life," or mere animal survival)

Close-Up (dir. Abbas Kiarostami,1990)

September 18: Required Viewing:

I Want to Live! (dir. Robert Wise, 1958)

Optional:

Juan Luis Borges, "Death & The Compass" (1942)

Carlo Ginzburg, "Clues"

The Snake Pit (dir. Anatole Litvak, 1948)

Due September 17: You know the drill (for the rest of the semester). Please send all work to me at richardburt33@gmail.com

FIRST ASSIGNMENT Film Clip Analysis Assignment

Due September 20 by 11:59 p.m.

Optional Reading:

Maurice Blanchot, The Instant of My Death and Jacques Derrida, Demeure: Fiction and Testimony (bothin the same book)

September 22: It Was All a Big Mistake! Hamartia

Required Reading:

Sopocles, Oedipus Rex

Required Viewing:

Chinatown (dir. Roman Polanski, 1974)

Optional:

Goodhart, Sandor. "Oedipus and Laius's Many Murderers"

Arthur Conan Doyle, Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock (BBC) Season One, Episode One

September 24: What did G-d say to you?

Required Reading:

1. Book of Exodus Chapters 20; 27-35 in the Norton Edition of the King James Bible

2. Jacques Derrida, Seminar on the the Death Penalty Vol. 1, pp. 10-27

Optional:

Sigmund Freud, Moses and Monotheism

Jacques Derrida, Seminar on the Death Penalty Vol1 Session Six

September 29: The (Not) Guilty Double:

Required Reading:

James Hogg, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, Editor's Narrative, 5-71 in the Oxford World's Classics edition

October 1:

Required Reading:

1. James Hogg, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, Private Memoir and Editor's Narrative, 76-189.

2. Sigmund Freud, "The 'Uncanny'" (Focus carefully on Freud's autobiographical anecdotes.)

October 6: Deconstruction, Technology, and the Law

Required Reading:

Jacques Derrida on the verdict in "A Silkworm of One's Own," in Acts of Religion ed. Gil Anidjar, 311-18

Optional Reading:

Georges Didi-Huberman, "The Absent Wound" (Holy Shroud of Turin)

Shroud of Turin trailer

 Hans Beltung on Saint Veronica; Barbet, Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Jacques Derrida and Bernard Stiegler, Echographies

October 8: Paralegal supplements to the law (going outside the law to uphold the law)

Required Viewing:

Orson Welles, Touch of Evil (1958)

October 13: Required Reading:

William Godwin, Caleb Williams (Oxford Worlds Classics) pp. 3-102 (Volume 1)

Optional:

Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison

October 15: Required Reading:

William Godwin, Caleb Williams, pp. 103-171 (up to chapter XI of Volume 2)

October 20:

Required Reading: William Godwin, Caleb Williams, pp. 171-262 (up to chapter XI of Volume 3)

October 22:

Required Reading: William Godwin, Caleb Williams, pp. 262-303 (to the end of volume three--and appendices A and D, pp. 305-11; 347-52)

October 27:

Required Viewing: The Tenant (dir. Roman Polanksi, 1976)

(My notes and screen captures on the film.)

October 29:

Required Viewing:

Day of Wrath (dir. Carl Dreyer,1943)

November 3: Print the Legend, or the Force of Law:

Required Viewing:

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence (dir. John Ford, 1962)

November 5: Getting away from getting away with it: "Double" Homicide and Bad Detection

Required Viewing:

Vertigo (dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)

Optional:

Jacques Derrida, "Force of Law"

Walter Benjamin, "Critique of Violence"

November 10: Guilty Not Guilty, Or Oedipus All Over Again? First person voice-overs

Required Viewing:

Detour (dir. Edgar G. Ulmer, 1945) and Stranger on the Third Floor (dir. Boris Ingster, 1940)

November 12: Required Viewing:

Shock Corridor (dir. Sam Fuller, 1962)

Optional: Nelly Bly, "Into the Madhouse," in Around the World in Seventy-Two Days and Other Writings (Penguin Classics), pp. 15-84

First Paper (700 words) DUE Sunday November 15 by 11:59 p.m. 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. 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. See Paper Guidelines. Grading: If you don't put your name on your paper, it's an automatic E. If you don't have a proper title, it's an automatic E. If you don'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. Btw, you may figure out your title before you write your paper, but usually, you only figure out your thesis by writing your paper and what you think is your concusion 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! :)

SPEED GRADING

November 17: "Just because you can't prove it doesn't mean it's not true": Getting Away with Murder?

Required Viewing:

Zodiac (dir. David Fincher, 2007)

November 19: Innocent or Guilty?

You Only Live Once (dir. Fritz Lang,1937)

November 24: The Lang Arm of the Law: Fritz Lang Double Bill!

Required Viewing:

Fritz Lang, Scarlet Street (1945)

Optional:

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (dir. Fritz Lang, 1956)

November 26: Thanksgiving

December 1: Required Viewing:

Anatomy of a Murder (Otto Preminger, 1959)

December 3: The Record and Recording Technologies Redux:

Required Reading:

Franz Kafka, "The Penal Colony" Online here, here, or here.

December 8:

Required Viewing:

Lost Highway (dir. David Lynch, 1994)

Class discussion; evaluations

Second Paper (700 words) due before class, December 8 (please email it to me at burt@ufl.edu).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Optional Essays by Freud or Borges:

http://users.clas.ufl.edu/burt/guiltyuntilprovenguilty/Somecharactertypesmetpsychoanalyticwork.pdf

http://users.clas.ufl.edu/burt/guiltyuntilprovenguilty/Dostoevskyparricide.pdf

http://users.clas.ufl.edu/burt/guiltyuntilprovenguilty/Psychoanalysisestablishmentlegalproceedings.pdf

http://users.clas.ufl.edu/burt/guiltyuntilprovenguilty/KafkaHisPrecursorsborges.pdf

http://users.clas.ufl.edu/burt/guiltyuntilprovenguilty/DeathCompass.pdf

http://users.clas.ufl.edu/burt/guiltyuntilprovenguilty/ExpertOpinionHalsmannCase.pdf

 

The Forensics of Guilt and Innocence in Detective Fiction and in the Metaphysical Detective Story

Melancholia (dir. Lars Van Triers) Opening sequence

The Forensics, Fauxrensics and Metaphyics of Guilt and the Law

Messiness & Creativity: How a Messy Desk and Creative Work Go Hand in Hand

Legal guilt (the juror is a "reasonable person," the defendant is sane or insane) versus metaphysical guilt (What is an unreasonable doubt?)

JULIE SEAMAN, "When Innocence Is No Defense" AUG. 12, 2015

NICK PINTO, "The Bail Trap," August 16, 2015

Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity

Criminal Law, the Rule of Law, and the State of Exception

Habeas Corpus and Indefinite Detention (the person versus the citizen versus the enemy combatant):

Guantánamo Diary / Excerpt

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How Guantánamo Diary Escaped the Black Hole

Optional Reading: Hans Beltung on Saint Veronica; Barbet, Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ


Sheldon Pollock, "Future Philology? The Fate of a Soft Science in a Hard World"

"How DNA Changed the World of Forensics" NY Times, May 18, 2014

Carlo Ginzburg, “Clues: Morelli, Freud, and Sherlock Holmes,” in History Workshop, No. 9 (Spring, 1980), pp. 5-36.

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

"How DNA Changed the World of Forensics" NY Times, May 18, 2014

Optional Reading: D.A. Greetham, "Textual Forensics"; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, "A Case of Identity" (1899) and "The Adventure of the Cardboard Box" (1893); Sigmund Freud, "The Moses of Michelangelo" (1914) Standard Edition, 13: 209-238. Digital "Exploded Manuscript" of Freud's essay.

Optional Reading: D.A. Greetham, "Textual Forensics"; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, "A Case of Identity" (1899) and "The Adventure of the Cardboard Box" (1893); Sigmund Freud, "The Moses of Michelangelo" (1914) Standard Edition, 13: 209-238. Digital "Exploded Manuscript" of Freud's essay.

DAVID GRANN, "The Mark of a Masterpiece: The man who keeps finding famous fingerprints on uncelebrated works of art" New Yorker July 12, 2010

Painter charged with making fake Jackson Pollock paintings (July 2014)

Wine Forgery

Paolo Cherchi Usai, "Preserving Film Outside the Vaults: A Report on Projection, Shipping and Temporary Storage Facilities"

What is Philology?

Sheldon Pollock, "Future Philology? The Fate of a Soft Science in a Hard World"

Jean Bollack and Priscilla H. Barnum, "Texts and Their Interpreters: The Enterprise of Philology," SubStance, Vol. 22, No. 2/3, Issue 71/72: Special Issue: Epistémocritique (1993), pp. 315-320.

Seth Lerer and Joseph A. Dane, "What is a Text?," Huntington Library Quarterly vol. 58 no. 1 (1995), 1-10.

t Do We Expect from a Verdict?

All the President's Men (dir. Alan J. Pakula, 1976) (opening and ending of typewriter and teletype; shredder scenes; notecards on floor scene)

Mr. Holmes trailer

True Story trailer (the fetishism of just records)

Optional:

Psychoanalysis, Deconstruction, and the Law:

Sigmund Freud on the double and on legal insanity / Sigmund Freud, "The Uncanny"

Optional:

Jacques Derrida, The Death Penalty Vol. 1

Gavel to Gavel Coverage

The Kafka Project

Kafka's Wound

(We will read this essay later in the semester.)

 

 

Optional Reading:

Selections from James Turner, Philology: The Forgotten Origins of the Humanities

Touch of Evil (posthumously restored in 1998, according to Welles' memo to Universal Studios)

Performance (dir. Nicolas Roeg, 1971)

Nathaniel Hawthorne, "Ethan Brand"

Mess and Research

Scribs and Scribbles

Paul Feyerabend, Against Method

Heimito von Doderer, The Demons

Friedrich Theodor Vischer, "A Rabid Philosopher"

Thomas Bernhard, The Loser

Carlo Ginzburg, Clues

Friedrich Schlegel, "On Incomprehensibility"

"The Last Trial"

The Hunt (dir. Thomas Vinterberg, 2013)

The Male Animal (1942)

Optional: A Scanner Darkly (dir. Richard Linklater, 2006)

Missing (dir. Costas Gravas, 1982)

Before the Law and the Scene of the Crime: Orson Welles, The Trial (1962)

Philip K. Dick, A Scanner Darkly

Detour vs. No Country for Old Men

Getting Away with It?

and The Most Dangerous Game

The Oxbow Incident

The Lady Eve (dir. Preston Sturges)

Into the Abyss (dir. Werner Herzog, 2006)