Communication And Culture | INTRODUCTION TO MEDIA THEORY AND AESTHETICS
C503 | 1190 | Hawkins


This course is dedicated to the study of classical and contemporary
schools of film and media theory.  Readings will include articles on
formal film aesthetics by Eisenstein, Vertov, Bazin, Brecht, and Godard;
psychoanalytic feminist film theory; and essays by historically important
cultural studies writes like Adorno and Benjamin.  In addition we'll be
ranging a range of material from more contemporary cultural and media
theorists: Stuart Hall on race and ideology, McLuhan on the medium as
message, Baudrillard and Jameson on postmodernism, Habermas on public
space, Dash on African-centered cinema, Sconce and Bourdieu on trash and
and trash aesthetics, and contemporary writers on gender and queer theory.
In addition we'll be talking about advertising, TV, video, CD-Roms, laser
discs, DVDs, new technologies and home viewing. Course work will include
one short paper, a conference abstract, an oral presentation and a long
research paper