Cultural Studies | Special Topics in Cultural Studies: Introduction to Media Theory and Aesthetics
C701 | 10933 | Hawkins


C701 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