Media Theory Reading List — Jenifer Schadlick

Texts from Theories of Media I would like to get cozier with:

Adorno, “Culture Industry Reconsidered”

Baudrillard, For a Critique of the Political Economy of the Sign

Bolter and Grosin, Remediation: Understanding New Media

Hayles, How We Became Posthuman

Kittler, Gramaphone, Film, Typewriter

Luhman, The Reality of Mass Media

Manovich, The Language of New Media

Rutsky, High Techne: Art and Technoculture from the Machine Aesthetic to the Posthuman

More Theory Please…

Barthes, Camera Lucida

Benjamin, Illuminations

Butler, Gender Trouble

_____, The Psychic Life of Power: Theories in Subjection

Deleuze, Difference and Repetition

_____, The Logic of Sense

Zizek, Welcome to the Desert of the Real: Five Essays on September 11 and Related Dates

_____, Bodies without Organs

_____, Did Somebody Say Totalitarianism: Five Interventions in the (Mis)use of a Notion

Thinking Media in Don DeLillo:

Americana, Cosmopolis, The Day Room, End Zone, Libra, Mao II, The Names, Ratner’s Star, The Running Dog, Underworld, White Noise, Valparaiso

My “reading list” is more like a list of reading lists which consist of a patchwork of some of my interests. The first is a set of texts from class I would like to spend more time reading and thinking about. The second is a partial list of theoretical texts which are relevant to media theory and which I desperately feel like I need to read. When it comes to theory, I feel like the Dutch boy at the dam, trying to plug up the holes as fast as I can before the dam bursts and I am swept away. The third list consists of a good portion of Don DeLillo’s texts. Another member and I are toying with developing a “dream class” which would use DeLillo to demonstrate and engage with issues from media theory.

Jenifer Schadlick
University of Chicago