641212 Media Analysis / Media Theory / Intermediality: Aspects of media theory viewed from a literary perspective.

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641212
Media Analysis / Media Theory / Intermediality: Aspects of media theory viewed from a literary perspective.
VO 2
5
weekly
annually
German

This course aims to provide the students with an overview of the various positions of modern media-theory. The chronological framework extends from the Marxist media-critique in the 1920s and 1930s (Béla Balázs, Walter Benjamin) and the positions of the Frankfurt School (Theodor W. Adorno, Max Horkheimer) and the approaches of the "Canadian School" (Harold A. Innis, Marshall McLuhan) to media-philosophical considerations of post-structuralist thinkers such as Vilém Flusser, Jean Baudrillard and Paul Virilio. The students should critically question the central theses of modern media-theory and try to link them with issues of comparative literature.

Hardly any other word changed its meaning during the last decades as sustainable as the term "medium". While in the esoteric sense of the 19th Century a "medium" was a mediating entity that connects this world to the Hereafter, in the 1950s technical means of mass communication, such as the press, radio, film and television were summarized under the designation "media". In his programmatic study "Understanding Media" (1964) Marshall McLuhan called such different artifacts as clothing, weapons, watches, money, houses and ventilation systems "media". Jean Baudrillard in turn consolidates with the term all regimes that are dominated by a code, and Paul Virilio defines "media" as "vehicles" of all kinds. Harold A. Innis, however, speaks of material communication media, Niklas Luhmann referred to social agents, such as love and art, as media and Friedrich A. Kittler restricts the term to a technical apparatus. So it goes without saying that such a term of broad and varied use has also produced a number of very different theories. The best known and most influential media-theoretical positions will be discussed in this lecture.

At first the theoretical positions will be presented by the lecturer. In a second step these theories will be deepened and criticized in subsequent discussions with the students.

At the end of the semester the lecture will be completed with a written exam.

1.    Faulstich, Werner: Einführung in die Medienwissenschaft: Probleme, Methoden, Domänen. München: Fink 2002. (UTB 2407).

2.    Helmes, Günther / Köster, Werner (Hg.): Texte zur Medientheorie. Reinbeck bei Hamburg: Reclam 2002.

3.    Hickethier, Knut: Einführung in die Medienwissenschaft. Stuttgart u.a.: Metzler 22010.

4.    Mersch, Dieter: Medientheorien. Zur Einführung. Hamburg: Junius 32013.

5. Weber, Stefan (Hg.): Theorien der Medien. Konstanz: UVK Verlagsgesellschaft 22010. (UTB 2424)

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06.03.2017
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Mon 2017-03-06
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Mon 2017-03-13
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Mon 2017-03-20
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Mon 2017-03-27
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