21L.015 Introduction to Media Studies: Syllabus | Classes | Labs | Papers | Resources
I. CORE CONCEPTS
Th Sept. 10 The Concept of Media (Jenkins )
T Sept. 15 The Concept of Culture (Jenkins)
T Sept 15 LAB: Show and Tell
Th Sept. 17 The Concept of Commodity (Raman)
- Bernard Gendron, "Theodor Adorno Meets the Cadillacs," in
Tania Modleski ed. Studies in Entertainment: Critical Approaches to
Mass Culture (Madison, University Of Wisconsin Press, 1986) 18-
T Sept. 22 Case Study Radio (Jenkins) - First Paper Due*
- Susan Douglas, "Popular Culture and Populist Technology: The
Amateur Operators, 1906-1912," in Inventing American
Broadcasting, 1899-1922 (Baltimore, London: John Hopkins
University Press) pp. 187-215.
- Michele Hilmes, Radio Voices: American Broadcasting, 1922-
1952 (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1997) pp. 183-
T Sept. 22 LAB: Early Radio Shows
Th. Sept. 24 From Orality to Print (Ravell)
- Walter J. Ong, "Some psychodynamics of orality," in Orality and
Literacy: the technologizing of the word (London; New York:
Methuen, 1982) pp. 31-77.
- Donald McKenzie, "The Sociology of a Text: Oral Culture,
Literacy, and Print in Early New Zealand," in THE SOCIAL
HISTORY OF LANGUAGE, eds. Peter Burke and Roy Porter,
II. MEDIA IN TRANSITION
T Sept. 29 The Rise and Decline of the Book (Donaldson)
- Second Paper Due*
- George Landow, "Reconfiguing Narrative," Hypertext
(Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 1991).
T Sept. 29 Theatre and Theatricality (Henderson)
- John Barish, selections from The Antitheatrical Prejudice,
(University of California Press, 1981) pp.20
Th Oct.1 Media in Transition
T Oct. 6 The Rise of Modern Mass Media (Jenkins)
- Howard P. Segal, "The Technological Utopians," in Joseph J.
Corn, Imagining Tomorrow: History, Technology and the
American Future, (Cambridge, London: MIT Press, 1986) pp.119-
- Ben Singer, "Modernity, Hyperstimulus, and the Rise of Popular
Sensationalism," in Leo Charney and Vanessa R. Schwartz (ed.)
Cinema and the Invention of Modern Life (Berkeley: University of
California Press, 1995) pp. 72-99.
- Tom Gunning, "An Aesthetic of Astonishment: Early Film and the
(In)Credulous Spectator," in Linda Williams (ed.) Viewing
Positions: Ways of Seeing Film (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers
University Press, 1995) pp. 114-133.
LAB: Early Cinema; excerpt from WAYS OF SEEING
TH Oct. 8 Media in Transition
(T, Oct. 13th, Monday Schedule of Classes to Be
Th Oct. 15 Photography and Modernity (Kinney) - Third Paper
- Charles Baudelaire, selections from "The Salon of 1859," in Art
in Paris (1945-1862): Salons and other Exhibitions (Cornell
University Press, 1965) pp. 291-298.
- Walter Benjamin, "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical
Reproduction," in Illuminations (New York, 1969) pp. 217-251.
T. Oct. 20 Modern Art and Mass Media (Leja)
- Michael Budd, "The German film Industry and the Making of
Caligari," in Mike Budd (ed.) The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (New
Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1990), pp. 8-25.
T Oct. 20 Lab: Silent Cinema, Marty Marks. Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Th Oct. 22 The Sounds of Silence (Marty Marks)
- Martin Marks, "Music and the Silent Film" in THE OXFORD
HISTORY OF WORLD CINEMA Edited by Geoffrey Nowell-
Smith. Oxford University Press, 1996, pp. 183-192.
- Claudia Gorbman, "Why Music? The Sound Film and Its
Spectator." in UNHEARD MELODIES: NARRATIVE FILM
MUSIC Indian University Press, 1987. pp.53-69.
- Aaron Copland, "Film Music." in WHAT TO LISTEN FOR IN
MUSIC.Revised edition. 1957.(McGraw-Hill was the publisher in
1957) pp. 152-147.
T Oct. 27 Narrative Form in Digital Media (Murray)
- Janet Murray, Hamlet on the Holodeck
T Oct. 27 LAB: Projects From Writing Across Cyberspace (Barrett)
III. FUNCTIONS OF MEDIA
Th. Oct. 29 Projects from Workshop in Elastic Movie Time (Davenport)
T Nov. 3 Detective I (Thorburn) - Fourth Paper Due*
- Edgar Allan Poe, "Introduction," and "The Murders in the Rue
Morgue," in Tales of Mystery and Imagination, (London and New
York: Everyman's Library) pp. 378-511.
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Adventure of the Blue Caruncle,"
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, (Collier Books: Macmillan
Publishing Co., Inc.) pp. 137-157.
- Steven Marcus, "Introduction," in Dashiell Hammett The
Continental Op (New York: Vintage Books, 1974) pp. vii-xxix.
T Nov. 3 LAB: Chinatown
B. POLITICAL POWER
Th Nov. 5 Propaganda (Widdig)
- David Welch, "The Conquest of the Masses," in The Third Reich:
Politics and Propaganda (London: Routledge, 1993) pp.8-49.
T Nov. 10 National Identity/Foreign Policy (Tina Klien)
- Emily S. Rosenberg, ""Foreign Affairs" After World War II:
Connecting Sexual and International Politics."
- Selections from Diplomatic History, Vol. Winter, 1994, pp. 59-
- Elaine Tyler May, "Commentary: Ideology and Foreign Policy:
Culture and Gender in Diplomatic History."
- Geoffrey S. Smith, "Commentary: Security, Gender, and
- Susan Jeffords, "Commentary: Culture and National Identity in
U.S. Foreign Policy."
- Amy Kaplan, "Commentary: Domesticating Foreign Policy."
T Nov. 10 LAB: American Television
C. CONSENSUS BUILDING
Th Nov. 12 Media in Transition - Fifth Paper Due*
T Nov. 17 Transnational Media (Ken Kenniston)
T Nov. 17 LAB International Television
D. RECORDING HISTORY AND MEMORY
Th. Nov. 19 Network Television (Thorburn)
- John Fiske and John Hartley, "Bardic Television," in Reading
Television (London and New York: Methuen, 1978) pp.85-100.
- David Thorburn, "Television as an Aesthetic Medium," Critical
Studies in Mass Communication 4(1987), 167-173.
T Nov. 24 The Documentary Impulse (Slymovich) - Sixth Paper
- Susan Sontag, On Photography (New York: Dell, 1973) pp.3-24.
- Annette Kuhn, Remembrance," in Liz Heron and Val Williams
(ed.) Illuminations: Women Writing on Photography from the
1850s to the Present (Durham: Duke University Press, 1996)
- Susan Slyomovics, "Memory of Place," The Object of Memory:
Arab and Jew Narrate The Palestinian Village (Philadelphia:
University of Pennsylvania Press, 1996).
T Nov. 24 LAB: Blow Up
T Dec. 1 Digital Photography (Mitchell)
- William J. Mitchell, "How to Do Things with Pictures," in The
Reconfigured Eye: Visual Truth in the Post-Photographic Era,
(Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 1992).
- William J. Mitchell, "When Seeing is Believing?" in Scientific
American Feb. 1994, pp. 44-49.
T. Dec. 1 LAB: Film Musical
IV. MEDIA INSTITUTIONS
Th Dec. 3 The Hollywood Studio System (Turk) - Final Paper Due*
- Thomas Schatz, "MGM: Life After Thalberg,"in Thomas Schatz
(ed.) The Genius of the System (Pantheon Books, 1988).
- Rick Altman, "Symbolic Spectatorship," in Rick Altman, (ed.)
The American Film Musical (Bloomington: Indiana University
Press, 1989) pp.334-344.
T Dec. 8 Media Conglomerates (Cushman)
- Eileen R. Meehan, "Holy Commodity Fetish, Batman!": The
Political Economy of a Commercial Intertext," in Roberta E.
Pearson and William Uricchio (ed.) The Many Lives of the Batman
(Routledge, 1991) pp. 47-65.
Lecture Dec. 8
Tues. Dec. 8 LAB: Culture Jamming
Th Dec. 10 Fandom (Jenkins)
- Henry Jenkins, "Welcome to Bisexuality, Captain Kirk": Slash
and the Fan-Writing Community," in Textual Poachers: Television
Fan and Participatory Culture (Routledge, 1992) pp.185-222.
- Henry Jenkins, " Out of the Closet and into the Universe' Queers
and Star Trek," in John Tulloch and Henry Jenkins (ed.) Science
Fiction Audiences (Routledge, 1995) pp. 237-265.
Th Dec. 16 Final