Communication and Culture | Introduction to Media Theory and Aesthetics
C503 | 26080 | Hawkins, J.


Th, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM, 800 E. 3rd St. – room 100
Required film screenings: W, 7:00 PM-10:00 PM, SW 007

Open to Graduates Only!
Meets with CULS-C 701

Instructor: Joan Hawkins
E-Mail: jchawkin@indiana.edu
Office: 800 E. 3rd St. – room 211
Phone: 855-1548

This course meets one of the requirements for the MA degree and is
strongly recommended for students intending to study media at the
doctoral level.  C503 is dedicated to the study of classical and
contemporary media theory.  Readings will include articles on formal
film aesthetics by Eisenstein, Vertov, Bazin, Brecht and Godard,
feminist film theory, and essays by such historically important
writers as Adorno and Benjamin.  In addition, we’ll read  more
contemporary cultural and media theorists: Stuart Hall on race and
ideology, Baudrillard and Jameson on postmodernism, Habermas on
public space,  McCarthy on ambient tv, Gregory Dart on technology
and stalking, Sconce and Bourdieu on trash and trash aesthetics, and
contemporary writers on gender, race and queer theory.  We’ll also
talk about advertising, the News, television institutions, new media
and technologies, home viewing and the horror genre.  Course work
will include one short paper, one conference abstract, an oral
presentation and a seminar paper.

Required texts:
Paul Marris and Sue Thornton, ed. MEDIA STUDIES: A READER (2nd ed)
James Curran,ed. DE-WESTERNIZING MEDIA STUDIES
Anna McCarthy, AMBIENT TELEVISION
Gregory Dart, UNREQUITED LOVE
Selected essays on e-reserve