Introduction to Communication and Media Studies B.

Course convenor

Katalin Orban

Course content

This course introduces students to some significant forms of media. With an eye to both history and theory, we probe the mysteries of what exactly constitutes the bookness of the book, the photographness of the photograph and the televisuality of television, and explore each of them in their broader socio-cultural context. Based on readings, case studies, and lecture material, we discuss the tremendous transformations all three are undergoing in today’s era of digitization and media convergence.

Indicative reading

Chartier, Roger. 2004. Métamorphoses du livre (Les). Ebook.

Hesse, Carla. 1996. Books in Time. In The Future of the Book, ed. Geoffrey Nunberg. Berkeley: University of Califronia Press. 21-36.

Petrucci, Armando. 2003. Reading to read: a future for reading. In A history of reading in the West. Eds. Guglielmo Cavallo and Roger Chartier; trans. Lydia G. Cochrane. Amherst: U of Massachusetts P.

Sontag, Susan. On Photography. 1977. New York: Farrar, Straus.

Flusser, Vilém. 2000. Towards a philosophy of photography. London: Reaktion.

Bourdieu, Pierre, 1998. On Television. New York: The New Press.

Ellis, John. 1982. Visible Fictions: Cinema, Television, Video.  London: Routledge.

Caldwell, John. 2004. Convergence Television. In Television after TV. Durham: Duke UP.

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