LIT 4930

Shipwreck: Drown Before Reading

Fall 2013

Tu 2-3 and R 2



Stunt Ed

Course Description

Course Requirements

Class Schedule

Co-leading class

Discussion Questions

Periods T 2-3, R 2

PUGH 120

UF Class Times


"Bene navigari, cum naufragium feci . . ."

["When I am shipwrecked, I have navigated well."]

--Friedrich Nietzsche, The Case of Wagner, section 4 (p. 240 in the Cambridge UP edition)

"We are not in metaphor like a pilot in his ship," Jacques Derrida, "The Retrait of Metaphor," in Psyche: Inventions of the Other, 49.

"The Raft of the Medusa" ("Le Radeau de la Méduse") Théodore GÉRICAULT

Professor Richard Burt

Richard Burt is "an innovative and successful teacher who challenges
students and who puts tremendous energy into course design and
Kenneth Kidd,
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of English
9/9/2011 7:19 AM.

It’s time for you to take a You-Turn

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 Phone 352 392-6650

Office Hours: after class, and by appointment

Possible future epitaphs for Richard Burt that are quite possibly overdone:

"He put the 'high' back in 'higher' education."

"He put the 'universe' back in 'university.'"

"He put the 'cool' back in 'school.'"

"Richard Burt died fighting with his books on."

A little about me

Coming Soon to a Classroom Near You! Space Shots Air Heads

Class Policies

Paper Guidelines




Slow Motion Reading

Better to Burt Out than Fade Away






Joseph Mallord William Turner, "The Shipwreck" 1805

Amazon Student free 2 Day delivery (I am not affiliated with Amazon's program in any way)

Has Capitalism Failed the World? (Um . . . yes, I'm pretty sure it has).

Reasons to avoid watching films on netflix

Scott Newstock, "Close Learning"

Charles Dickens, Hard Times (style as syntactic repetition; narrative economy); last pages


Farhenheit 451 paratext

Carlo Ginzburg, Clues

Writing as a Drug

Samsung Instinct film trailer

Martin Scorcese on pan and scan versus letterboxing

Warner Brothers high def website; Toshiba's "dead" website The Look and Sound of Perfect HD-DVD website (YouTube trailer)

Mirrors trailer

Carlo Ginzburg, Clues

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"

Friedrich Schlegel, "On Incomprehensibility"


Heidegger / Kierkegaard

Paul de Man "The Resistance to Theory"

Jacques Derrida's last words

"To Do Justice to Freud": The History of Madness in the Age of Psychoanalysis
Author(s): Jacques Derrida, Pascale-Anne Brault, Michael Naas
Source: Critical Inquiry, Vol. 20, No. 2 (Winter, 1994), pp. 227-266

Søren Kierkegaard, Concluding Unscientific Postscript

Barbara Johnson, "Headnotes"

"What Is a Literary Draft?

Derrida, Limited Ink

Derrida, back cover of La Dessemination

Heidgger, Gesamtausgabe

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

Antonin Artaud, "Artaud le Mome"


Interpretation as Going in a Circle


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The music you're litsening to now is the Prelude to Act 3 of Richard Wagner's Tristan und Isolde