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[ecrea] New textbook: The Craft of Criticism: Critical Media Studies in Practice

Mon Jul 09 16:21:41 GMT 2018

/Now in print!  Please consider ordering for your fall classes./
*The Craft of Criticism: Critical Media Studies in Practice*

        Edited by Michael Kackman & Mary Celeste Kearney

With contributions from 30 leading media scholars, this collection provides a comprehensive overview of the main methodologies of critical media studies. Chapters address various methods of textual analysis, as we’ll as reception, policy, and production studies, and contextual, multi-method approaches, like intertextuality and cultural geography. Film and television are at the heart of the collection, which also addresses emergent technologies and new research tools in such areas as software studies, gaming, and digital humanities. Each chapter includes an intellectual history of a particular method or approach, a discussion of why and how it was used to study a particular medium or media, relevant examples of influential work in the area, and an in-depth review of a case study drawn from the author's own research. Together, the chapters in this collection give media critics a complete toolbox of essential critical media studies methodologies.

*Table of Contents*

Foreword – Michele Hilmes

Introduction, or How to Cook an Artichoke – Mary Celeste Kearney


1 Ideology – Ron Becker

2 Discourse – Rosalind Gill

3 Narrative – Jason Mittell

4 Non-Fiction Media – Daniel Marcus

5 Visual Style – Jeremy Butler

6 Sound – Jacob Smith

7 Acting and Performance – Cynthia Baron

8 Representation - Mary Beltrán

9 Authorship and Auteurism – Cynthia Chris

10 Political Economy - Patrick Burkart

11 Media Policy - Bill Kirkpatrick

12 Psychoanalytic Criticism - Todd McGowan

13 Cognitivism - Ted Nannicelli

14 Ethnography - Jessa Lingel & Mary Gray

PART II Synthetic/Multiperspectival Approaches

15 Audiences - Matt Hills

16 Genre - Amanda Ann Klein

17 Intertexts and Paratexts - Jonathan Gray

18 Stardom and Celebrity - Suzanne Leonard & Diane Negra

19 Cultural Geography - Victoria E. Johnson

20 National/Transnational/Global - Shanti Kumar

21 History and Historiography - Michael Kackman

22 Production - Timothy Havens

PART III Emergent and Challenging Objects

23 Popular Music - Norma Coates

24 New Media - Madhavi Mallapragada

25 Games and Gaming - Matthew Thomas Payne & Nina B. Huntemann

26 Software - Eric Freedman

27 Digital Humanities - Miriam Posner

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