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Reading List for my Comparative (textual) media- UPDATED Jan 31

January 31, 2011

The purpose of this field list is to include some (even if not all) the definitive works in the area of print and new media studies, the two areas I’ve selected as my teaching field specialization for media studies.  My choice of these two areas stem from not only interest, but their relevance in informing the inquiry within my research field.  In fact, I see at least a chapter of my dissertation will be new media visualization and network concepts for dealing with the ontology of particle physics.


1.     Barthes, Roland. Roland Barthes. Berkeley, LA: University of California Press, 1994.

2.     Benjamin, Walter. “Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility,” “The Author as Producer,” “Graphology Old and New,” “Attested Auditor of Books,”“Little History of Photography,” “A Critique of the Publishing Industry.” The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility and Other Writings on Media. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press, 2008.

3.     Benjamin, Walter. “On the Mimetic Faculty”

4.     Bergson, Henri. Memory and Matter. Trans. Nancy Margaret Paul and W. Scott Palmer. New York: Cosimo Classics, 2007. (first chapter)

5.     Deleuze and Guattari. A Thousand Plateaus. London & NY: Continuum, 1987.

6.     Derrida, Jacques. Of Grammatology. Baltimore & London: John Hopkins Press, 1976. (first chapter)

7.     Massumi, Brian. Parables of the Virtual. Durham: Duke University Press, 2002. (chaps 1 and 2)

General Media Theory/Media Archaeology

8.     Bolter, J.D and Richard Grusin. Remediation: Understanding New Media. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2000. (read selections, chaps 1 and 2)

9.     Bolz, Norbert and Michelle Mattson. “Farewell to the Gutenberg-Galaxy.”New German Critique. Special Issue on German Media Studies (Autumn, 1999) 78. 109-131.

10.  Bukatman, Scott. Terminal Identity: Virtual Subject in Postmodern Science Fiction. Durham & London: Duke University Press, 1993.

11.  Hansen, Mark. New Philosophy for New Media. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2006.

12.  Materialities of Communication. Eds. Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht and K Ludwig Pfeiffer. Trans: William Whobrey. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1994. (The Materiality of Communication, Body of the Book, Dimensions of Literature).

13.  Kittler, Friedrich. Discourse Networks 1800/1900. Trans. Michael Metteer and Chris Cullens. (alphabet, media, physiology)

14.  Kittler, Friedrich. Gramaphone, Film, Typewriter. Trans. Geoffrey Winthrop-Young and Michael Wurtz. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1999. (concentrating on the section on the “Typewriter”)

15.  Kittler, Friedrich. “There is no Software.” (

16.  Kittler, Friedrich and John Johnston. “Protected Mode,” “The World of the Symbolic- A World of the Machine.” Literature, Media, Information Systems: Essays. Amsterdam: G+B Arts International, 1997. 130-146,  156-168.

17.  Lenoir, Timothy and Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht (eds.) Inscribing Science: Scientific Texts and the Materiality of Communication. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1998. (chapter 3, 4, 13)

18.  McLuhan, Marshall. Understanding Media: the extension of man. Cambridge, MA: MITPress, 1994. (read Part 1)

19.  Stiegler, Bernard. Technics and Time 1:The Fault of Epimethus. Trans. Richard Beardsworth and George Collins. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1998.

20.  *_____________. Technics and Time, 2: Disorientation. Trans. Stephen Barker. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2009. (photography)

21.  Rotman, Brian. Becoming Beside Ourselves: the alphabet, ghosts, and distributed human being. Durham: Duke University Library, 2008. (will read Part 1)

22.  Winkler, Harmut. Discourses, Schemata, Technology. Monuments: Outline for a Theory of Cultural Continuity. Tr. Geoffrey Winthrop-Young and Michael Wutz. Configurations 10.1 (2002) 91-109.

23.  Zielinski, Siegfried. Deep Time of the Media: Toward and Archaeology of Hearing and Seeing by Technical Means. Trans. Gloria Custance. Cambridge, MA: the MIT Press, 2006.

Book History

24.  The Book History Reader. Ed. by David Finkelstein and Alistair McCleery. New York & London: Routledge, 2002. “Orality and Literacy” by Walter Ong. “What is the History of Books,” “New Model for the History of the Book,” “Field of Cultural Production (Pierre Bourdieu).”

25.  Chartier, Roger. The Order of Books: Readers, Authors, and Libraries in Europe Between the 14th and 18th Centuries. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1992.

26. Eisenstein, Elizabeth. The Printing Press as an Agent of Change: Communications and Cultural Transformations in Early Modern Europe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1979. (Part 1)

27. Innis, Harold A. Empire and Communications. Lanham: Rowland & Littlefield Publishers, Inc, 2007. (Read chaps 1, 6 and 7).

28.  Harpold, Terry. Ex-foliations: reading machines and the upgrade path. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008.

29.  Johns, Adrian. “Introduction: The Book of Nature and the Nature of the Book.” The Nature of the Book. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998.

30.  Johns, Adrian. Piracy. The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010.

31.  McGann, Jerome. Radiant Textuality: Literature after the World Wide Web. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.

32.  McKenzie, D.F. Bibliography and the Sociology of Texts. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.

33.  Olson, David. The World on Paper: The conceptual and cognitive implications of writing and reading.

34.  Sherman, William. Used Books: Marking Readers in Renaissance England. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007.

Software/Digital/Code Studies

35.  Chun, Wendy. Control and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fiber Optics. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2006.

36.  Drucker, Johanna. Speclab: Digital Aesthetics and Projects in Speculative Computing. Chicago & London: University of Chicago Press, 2009.

37. Software Studies: A Lexicon. Ed. Matthew Fuller. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2008.

38. Wardrip-Fruin, Noah. Expressive Processing: digital fictions, computer games, and software studies. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2009.

39.  Galloway, Alex. Protocol: How Control Exists after Decentralization. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press 2004.

40.  Hayles, Katherine. Writing Machines. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2002.

41.  Kirschenbaum, Matthew. Mechanism: New Media and Forensic Imagination. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2008

42.  Marino, Mark C. “Critical Code Studies.” Electronic Book Review,

43.  Manovich, Lev. The Language of New Media. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2001. (Read chapters 1-3)

44.  Raley, Rita “Revealed Code”

45.  New Media, Old Media: a history and theory reader. Wendy Hui Kyong Chun and Thomas Keenan. New York: Routledge, 2006

46.  Parikka, Jussi & Tony D Sampson (eds.). The Spam Book: on Viruses, Porn, and Other Anomalies from the Dark Side of Digital Culture. Cresskill: Hampton Press,, Inc, 2009.

47.  Plant, Sadie. Zeroes + Ones: Digital Women + The New Technoculture.  London: Fourth Estate, 1997.

48.  Thacker, Eugene Biomedia. Minneapolis: Minnesota University Press, 2004.

Digital Activism

49. Vicente Rafael, “The Cell Phone and the Crowd: Messianic Politics in the Contemporary Philippines” in Volume 15, Number 3, Fall 2003 Public Culture

50. “Another War Zone”

51. Blogging in Egypt:  “Young Brothers in Cyper space.”

52. Mina, Nima. “Blogs, Cyber-Literature and Virtual Culture in Iran.” George C. Marshall Center for Security Studies. Occasional Papers. Dec 2007. No. 15.

53. Varisco, Daniel Martin. “Muslims and the Media in the Blogosphere.” Cont Islam (2010) 4:157–177.

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