Spring 2018

Coming to Terms:  Media

Listed in: English, as ENGL-284  |  Film and Media Studies, as FAMS-216


Pooja G. Rangan (Section 01)


(Offered as ENGL 284 and FAMS 216)  Media are not just audiovisual texts but also technological infrastructures, economic enterprises, ideological apparatuses, and artistic practices.  This course provides an introduction to the analysis of modern media forms through a consideration of significant critical and analytical terms, together with a selection of media texts (ranging across print, photography, cinema, television, and digital media) for illustration and discussion.  The key terms for discussion will reflect the complexity of how we define “media.”  Topics may include:  mass reproduction, authenticity and aura; print, time, and national consciousness; advertising, glamor, and myth; photography, indifference, and atrocity; cinema, race, gender, and spectatorship; television, liveness, and celebrity; digital media, buffering, and virality.   Classes will combine lecture and conversation, and assignments will include several short critical essays and a midterm and final exam.

Limited to 35 students.  Spring semester.  Professor Rangan.

ENGL 284 - L/D

Section 01
Tu 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM MERR 315
Th 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM MERR 315


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2018, Spring 2020, Spring 2022, Fall 2023