Books to buy:
Borges: Ficciones (paper)
Christie: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (paper)
Bayard: Who Killed Roger Ackroyd? (paper)
New Press (2001)
Bayard: How to Talk about Books You Haven't Read (paper)
Bayard: How to Talk about Places You've Never Been (hardcover)
The texts by Bayard go in and out of print, but used and Kindle copies should be widely available. Other readings are either on public websites (linked below) or are downloadable (in Canvas) as .pdf files.
Thurs 22 Aug: introductions
Tues 27 Aug: notecard/discussion: Borges, "Three Versions of Judas"; The Blade-of-Grass Paradox
Thurs 29 Aug: notecard/discussion: Borges, "The Babylon Lottery"
Tues 3 Sept: notecard/discussion: Kafka, The Trial, chapters 1-6 (.pdf on Canvas); Dave Karpf and the Streisand Effect
Thurs 5 Sept: notecard/discussion: Kafka, The Trial, chapters 7-10 (.pdf on Canvas). Presentations: Hannah Reed (The Unexpected Hanging); Krissi Lee (The Paradox of Choice)
Tues 10 Sept: notecard/discussion: Bayard, How to Talk about Books You Haven't Read, "Ways of Not Reading" (chs. I-IV); The Joshua Bonadona Paradox
Thurs 12 Sept: notecard/discussion: Bayard, How to Talk about Books You Haven't Read, "Literary Confrontations" (chs. V-VIII). Presentations: Hempel's Raven; Eric Hernandez (Caliban's Face in the Glass)
Tues 17 Sept: first paper-submission juncture; no class meeting
Thurs 19 Sept: notecard/discussion: Bayard, How to Talk about Books You Haven't Read, "Ways of Behaving" (chs. IX-XII, plus Epilogue). Presentation: Gabrielle Vickers (The Sorites Paradox)
Tues 24 Sept: notecard/discussion: Borges, "Funes, the Memorious". Presentation: Michael Ippolito (The Paradox of the Court)
Thurs 26 Sept: notecard/discussion: Borges, "The Garden of Forking Paths." Presentations: Bailey Stephens (The Marienbad Game); Marie Schreiner (The Dunning-Kruger Effect)
Tues 1 Oct: notecard/discussion: Christie, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, first half (chs. 1-11); The Boy/Girl Paradox (difficult or "Tuesday" version)
Thurs 3 Oct: notecard/discussion: Christie, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, second half (chs. 12-27). Presentations: Colston Harris (Bonini's Paradox); Jada McFeders (Dialogue of the Deaf)
Fri 4 Oct: Hermanns Lectures, 10am-12noon & 1-3pm, 6th Floor UTA Central Library
Tues 8 Oct: notecard/discussion: Bayard, Who Killed Roger Ackroyd?, Parts I & II; Hempel's 99-Foot-Tall Man
Thurs 10 Oct: notecard/discussion: Bayard, Who Killed Roger Ackroyd?, Parts III & IV. Presentations: Heather Schwan (The Pharisee & The Publican); Sophie Spruce (Galileo's Paradox)
Tues 15 Oct: second paper-submission juncture; no class meeting
Thurs 17 Oct: notecard/discussion: Borges, "The Library of Babel." Presentations: Manda Tuttle (Zeno's Paradox); Austin Jones (The Prisoner's Dilemma)
Tues 22 Oct: notecard/discussion: Borges, "Pierre Menard, Author of Don Quixote"
Thurs 24 Oct: NO CLASS MEETING
Tues 29 Oct: notecard/discussion: Shakespeare, Hamlet (Folio version, Act 1)
Wed 30 Oct: EXTRA CREDIT: Shaun Hamill, 12noon-1pm, 100 Nedderman Hall
Thurs 31 Oct: notecard/discussion: Shakespeare, Hamlet (Folio version, Acts 2 + 3). Presentations: Trustin Dean (The Monty Hall Problem);
Tues 5 Nov: third paper-submission juncture; no class meeting
Thurs 7 Nov: notecard/discussion: Shakespeare, Hamlet (Folio version, Acts 4 + 5). Presentations: Taylor DeLong (The Crocodile Paradox); James Evans (The Bootstrap Paradox)
Tues 12 Nov: notecard/discussion: Bayard, How to Talk about Places You've Never Been, "Various Ways of Not Traveling" (chs. 1-4). Presentations: Annie Benjamin (Bertrand's Box Paradox); Mike Dupre (The Grandfather Paradox)
Thurs 14 Nov: notecard/discussion: Bayard, How to Talk about Places You've Never Been, "Talking about Travel" (chs. 5-8). Presentations: Lucien Li (aspects of gambling); Ryan Ruzicka (Fermi's Paradox)
Tues 19 Nov: notecard/discussion: Bayard, How to Talk about Places You've Never Been, "Procedures to Follow" (chs. 9-12). Presentations: Gabby Fritz (The Ship of Theseus); Cristal Orona (The Cow in the Field)
Thurs 21 Nov: notecard/discussion: Borges, "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius." Presentations: Ivy Alshemary (The Fortunate Fall); Laura Jones (Pascal's Wager & Diderot's "Many Gods" Objection)
Tues 26 Nov: NO CLASS MEETING (possible make-up "weather day")
Thurs 28 Nov: THANKSGIVING
Tues 3 Dec: portfolios due
syllabus: The effective version of the syllabus is always at http://www.uta.edu/english/tim/courses/4346f19/4346mainf19.html. If you are looking at a print or .pdf version, please make sure to consult the online version for updates.
notecards: Read the listed assignment before class. In class, for the first 10-12 minutes, you will write a on a 5x8 notecard, closed-book, no notes or devices. On the front of the card, summarize the reading for that day. On the back, write a critical question for class discussion. Critical questions should not be about mere details, though they can proceed from details. Try to ask big-picture questions that address things you find unusual about a reading. What are the provocative ideas in the text – what does it make you think about, aside from the direct material in the text itself? What is its relation to paradox? What sort of "cultural work" does the text do?
presentation: You will be assigned one classic paradox to study, and then present to the class during the latter part of one of the discussion meetings. Each presentation should last 15 minutes; certainly no more and preferably not much less. YOU MAY NOT READ FROM NOTES, USE ELECTRONIC DEVICES, OR USE SLIDES DURING YOUR PRESENTATION. Use the black/whiteboard instead; you may also bring physical visual aids, props, and the like. The idea of the presentation is to engage your audience, challenge them, and get them thinking long-term.
portfolio: The final portfolio will consist of three essays, each a minimum of 8 double-spaced, 12-point-font pages. The topics: (1) the classic paradox you gave your presentation on; (2) a paradox in contemporary political, social, or intellectual discourse; (3) a paradox in a creative work (which may be a work we've read for class, or may be something else entirely).
There's no rubric for these essays; there are no sample papers. You might think of Pierre Bayard as a model, but there are lots of other good models. Make your paper interesting, make it scholarly, and make it intellectually challenging to yourself and to your reader.
The entire portfolio is due on 3 December 2019. There are three intermediate paper-submission junctures. Give me a draft of one of your papers on a juncture day, and I will have it back to you a week later with comments directed toward revision. Meeting any submission juncture is optional, but if you don't get comments and do some revision, expect a lower grade on the final portfolio. It is your choice which topic draft to submit at which juncture. The final portfolio must include all the drafts that I commented on.
ALL PAPERS MUST BE SUBMITTED ON PAPER, AND WILL BE RETURNED ON PAPER. NO EXCEPTIONS.
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I pledge, on my honor, to uphold UT Arlington's tradition of academic integrity, a tradition that values hard work and honest effort in the pursuit of academic excellence.UT Arlington faculty members may employ the Honor Code as they see fit in their courses, including (but not limited to) having students acknowledge the honor code as part of an examination or requiring students to incorporate the honor code into any work submitted. Per UT System Regents' Rule 50101, 2.2, suspected violations of university's standards for academic integrity (including the Honor Code) will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct. Violators will be disciplined in accordance with University policy, which may result in the student's suspension or expulsion from the University.
I promise that I will submit only work that I personally create or contribute to group collaborations, and I will appropriately reference any work from other sources. I will follow the highest standards of integrity and uphold the spirit of the Honor Code.
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Academic Integrity: Students enrolled all UT Arlington courses are expected to adhere to the UT Arlington Honor Code:
I pledge, on my honor, to uphold UT Arlington's tradition of academic integrity, a tradition that values hard work and honest effort in the pursuit of academic excellence. I promise that I will submit only work that I personally create or contribute to group collaborations, and I will appropriately reference any work from other sources. I will follow the highest standards of integrity and uphold the spirit of the Honor Code.
UT Arlington faculty members may employ the Honor Code in their courses by having students acknowledge the honor code as part of an examination or requiring students to incorporate the honor code into any work submitted. Per UT System Regents' Rule 50101, §2.2, suspected violations of university's standards for academic integrity (including the Honor Code) will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct. Violators will be disciplined in accordance with University policy, which may result in the student's suspension or expulsion from the University. Additional information is available at https://www.uta.edu/conduct/. Faculty are encouraged to discuss plagiarism and share the following library tutorials http://libguides.uta.edu/copyright/plagiarism and http://library.uta.edu/plagiarism/
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