Andrew C. Parker (Section 01)
(Offered as ENGL 391 and FAMS 331.) What is a medium? Why has the term acquired its current theoretical prominence? How does it differ from discourse, genre, mode, format, and other such terms? This course surveys accounts of mediation from the ancient world to the present, focusing on key figures and historically-important texts (among them, Plato’s Republic, Martin Heidegger’s “The Question Concerning Technology” and “The Origin of the Work of Art,” and Walter Benjamin’s “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction”) before turning attention to our contemporary mediascape and some recent attempts to take its theoretical measure.
Not open to first-year students. Fall semester. Professor Parker.