MDST401-1 (Schedule # 70132)
University of Virginia
Spring 2007
M 1:00-3:30pm :: Clemons 322A
Mr. David Golumbia
Office: 304B Bryan
Spring 2007 Office Hours: TR 11am-12:30pm & by appt

Media Studies 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 their relation to culture more generally, reading texts by Althusser, Attali, Butler, Foucault, Gramsci, Hall, Trinh, and Virilio, and also a short volume on Critical Race Theory. Students will respond to each reading with media-related questions. Each day we will view a 20-30 minute media selection and discuss its possible relationships to the issues raised in the reading; some of the media objects have been chosen in advance, and others will be decided by the group working together (these slots are indicated as TBD in the week-by-week syllabus). Written requirements for the class include two 3-5pp. media-related papers and a final 8-10pp. paper.

Required texts (available at UVa Bookstore)

Texts on toolkit


Some of the media we'll watch during class include the following:

Assignments and Evaluation

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


Week-by-Week Syllabus

Mon Jan 22.

Mon Jan 29.

Mon Feb 5.

Mon Feb 12.

Mon Feb 19.

Mon Feb 26.

Mon Mar 5.

Mon Mar 12.

Mon Mar 19.

Mon Mar 26.

Mon Apr 2.

Mon Apr 9.

Mon Apr 16.

Mon Apr 23.

Mon Apr 30.


Last updated April 15, 2007.