Texts

All books are available at Huntley Bookstore. Additional required background readings are contained in a course packet available in the English department office.

Mark Crispin Miller, Boxed In
John Fiske, Television Culture
Lynn Spigel, Make Room for TV
Cecelia Tichi, Electronic Hearth
Jerry Mander, Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television
David Marc, Bonfire of the Humanities
Herman Gray, Watching Race
Susan Douglas, Where the Girls Are
Peter Brooker & Will Brooker, eds., Postmodern After-Images

Also recommended:

Eric Barnouw, Tube of Plenty
Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death
Robert C. Allen, ed., Channels of Discourse, Reassembled
Jane Feuer, Seeing Through the Eighties

 

N.B.: As contemporary television texts will be the locus of much of our discussion, you should familiarize yourself with what's out there. Yes, that means that there's an actual television-watching requirement to this class. Don't turn into a couch potato, but watch enough to be able to discuss the current state of the medium intelligently.