Medium Domain Courses

Attending to the history and technicity of the media in which culture is expressed, transmitted, and inherited comprises a crucial dimension of the humanities in our contemporary moment. Humanists ask not simply what a given cultural artefact means, but how the medium of its expression and conveyance impacts its meaning and its cultural efficacy. Ranging from focused comparative explorations of different media (print, image, sound, cinema) to more philosophical considerations of the historical role of mediation, from writing to the internet and cell phone, courses in this category address the tension between meaning and materiality that stems from the inherent media specificity of every cultural expression, and range in scope from concretely situated notions of “genre,” “audience,” and “sense modality” to broader operations of “reflexivity” and “receptivity.”

Number Title Codes
LIT 215 Italian Cinema CCI, ALP
LIT 316S Film Theory STS, ALP
LIT 317S Media Theory STS
LIT 318S American Independent Cinema CCI, ALP
LIT 320S Social Movements and Social Media CCI, EI, STS, ALP, CZ
LIT 380 Marxism and Society EI, CZ, SS
LIT 611S Film Feminisms CCI, ALP, CZ
LIT 612S Theories of the Image: The Image in Walter Benjamin ALP
LIT 615S The #Selfie EI, R, STS, CZ
LIT 625S Comparative Media Studies STS, ALP