Media Theory Reading List -- Harper Montgomery

Cornerstone Texts (A Review)

Manovich, Lev. The Language of New Media

McLuhan, Marshall. Understanding Media

Mitchell "Pictures and Paragraphs" from Iconology; "Beyond Comparison: Image, Text, and Method" in Picture Theory

The Problem of Addressing Artistic Media with Linguistic Theory (An Ongoing Debate)

Schapiro, Meyer. "On Some Problems in the Semiotics of Visual Art: Field and Vehicle in Image-Signs." Semiotica, I, 1969, 223-242.


Armstrong, Philip, Laura Lisbon, and Stephen Melville, ed. As Painting: Division and Displacement. MIT Press, 2001

Bois, Yve-Alain. Painting as Model. MIT Press, 1993.

Cheetham, Mark Arthur. The Rhetoric of Purity: Essentialist Theory and the Advent of Abstract Painting. Ed. Norman Bryson. Cambridge UP, 1994.

Damisch, Hubert. A Theory of /Cloud/: Toward a History of Painting. Stanford UP, 2002.

Greenberg, Clement, "Towards a Newer Laocoon"

Krauss, Rosalind, "The Crisis of the Easel Picture" in Jackson Pollock: New Approaches, ed. Kirk Varnedoe and Pepe Karmel, Museum of Modern Art, 1999

Krauss, Rosalind, "A Voyage on the North Sea" in Art in the Age of the Postmedium Condition

The Frankfurt School

Adorno, Theodor, "Culture Industry Reconsidered"

_____. "On Some Relationships Between Music and Painting," in The Musical Quarterly 79 no. 1 (Spring 1995)

Adorno, Theodor and Max Horkheimer, "The Culture Industry,"

Benjamin ,Walter, The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction"

The Social/Political Potential of the Media (A Review)

Baudrillard, Jean, "Requiem for the Media" in Critique of the Political Economy of the Sign

_____. "The Masses: The Implosion of the Social in the Media," in Selected Writings, ed. Mark Poster, Polity Press, 1988

Enzenberger, Hans Magnus, "Constituents of a Theory of Media"

Joselit, David, "An Allegory of Criticism," October Winter 2003 Issue 103

Poster, Mark, "Social Theory and the New Media," in The Information Subject (G+B Arts International, 2001

Hans Belting

Belting, Hans. Art History After Modernism. U of C Press, 2003

_____. Likeness and Presence: A History of the Image before the Era of Art. Trans. Edmund Jephcott. U of Chicago Press, 1994

Art and Perception

Baxandall, Michael. Patterns of Intention: On the Historical Explanation of Pictures. New Haven: Yale UP, 1985

Bernstein, J.M. "Aporia of the Sensible: Art, Objecthood and Anthropomorphism" in Interpreting Visual Culture: Explorations in the Hermeneutics of the Vision, edited by Ian Heywood and Barry Sandywell. NY: Routledge, 1998. 218-237

Bryson, Norman. Vision and Painting: The Logic of the Gaze. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1983.

Dewey, John. Art as Experience. NY: Minton, Balch & Co., 1934.

Luhmann, Niklas. Theories of Distinction: Redescribing the Descriptions of Modernity. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2002

_____. Art as a Social System. Translated by Eva M. Knodt. Stanford: Stanford UP, 2000.

Merleau-Ponty, Maurice. Phenomenology of Perception: An Introduction. London: Routledge & Paul, 1962.