ENG 4133 Section 1G33

Silent Film Philology:

Audioclash, or

How to Destroy a Film

How to Destroy a Film Soundtrack

We Were Never Watching Film

Spring 2013



Course Description

Course Requirements

Course Schedule

Discussion Questions

Co-Leading Class

First Paper Topics

Final Paper

Film Clip Analysis Assignment (To Be Modified for Sound)

This course meets Tuesdays, periods 5-6 (11:45-11:1:35 am) and
Thursdays periods 6
(12:40-1:35 am), in Rolfs 115

Class Times


Sound Design

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.

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 ext. 250

Office Hours: Period 4, Tuesdays; Periods 2, 4-5 on Thursdays; and by appointment

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

A little about me


Course Policies

Paper Guidelines


Film Theory

Really Bad Film Criticism (Example)

Film Analysis



Slow Motion Reading

Better to Burt Out than Fade Away

T E1-E3 Rolfs 115



Diegetic silent sound, or "deaf" (and mute) cinema

Richard Wagner


Farhenheit 451 paratext

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

Freudian Slips in German

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"

Sigmund Freud, "Mourning and Melancholia"

Sigmund Freud, Beyond the Pleasure Principle standard edition


Friedrich Schlegel, "On Incomprehensibility"

My LibraryThing


Interpretation as Circle


Blogs / News outlets I happen to like: Gawker and RT

My Blog

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