MDST401-1 (Schedule # 4013E)
University of Virginia
Spring 2006
M 1:00-3:30pm :: Clemons 322A
Mr. David Golumbia
Office: 304B Bryan
Spring 2006 Office Hours: MW 9:30-10:30am, W 1:30-2:30pm

Fourth-Year Seminar

Our reading this year will be largely derived from core texts in cultural studies of media, with special attention to role of cultural and personal imagination, gender and racial representations, and the relationship between political structures and media forms. We will look in particular at formations of subjectivity, and will read closely short texts by some poststructuralists, including Irigaray, Deleuze and Guattari, Foucault, and Virilio, and also a text on Critical Race Theory. Students will respond to each reading with media-related questions. Written requirements for the class include two 3-5pp. media-related papers and a final 8-10pp. paper. In addition, students will work in groups to choose the media objects for class study for the second part of the term.

Required texts (available at UVa Bookstore)

Texts on toolkit


During each session of the class we will watch, listen to, and/or otherwise engage with either a short media object or a selection from a longer object. The first five media objects have been chosen by the instructor; the remaining six objects will be chosen by students working in groups with the instructor. Media for these sessions are indicated as TBD in the syllabus. Media pre-selected for the first five sessions of the seminar seminar include:

Assignments and Evaluation

Evaluation will be based on written exercises and course participation as follows:


Week-by-Week Syllabus

Mon Jan 23.

Mon Jan 30.

Mon Feb 6.

Mon Feb 13.

Mon Feb 20. No class. Instructor away.

Mon Feb 27.

Mon Mar 6. No class. Reading period.

Mon Mar 13.

Mon Mar 20.

Mon Mar 27.

Mon Apr 3. Class 9.

Mon Apr 10.

Mon Apr 17.

Mon Apr 24.

Mon May 1.


Last updated January 24, 2006.