NMDS

5220

Death & Media

Schools of Public Engagement: Media Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Death and Media

Spring 2019

Taught By: Deirdre Boyle

Section: A

CRN: 7086

Credits: 3

Death is the only absolute in life-it is not the “if” question, but the “when” question that either shadows our lives or illuminates them. This course asks the question: How have contemporary media reshaped our consciousness and helped reposition our attitudes toward death? Once considered the ultimate taboo, death has become the ubiquitous content and narrative staple of film and television entertainment, popular music, the shock appeal of advertisements, the theme of computer/video games, and the occasion for national media spectacles of mourning and social bonding--in fact, one might argue, death is the ultimate “media event.” When we are talking about cyborgs, vampires, terrorists, capital punishment, silicon-based life forms, dead princesses or immortal artists, we are also thinking about death. We cannot separate the moral and ethical debates over euthanasia, suicide, abortion, terrorism, war, and “ethnic cleansing” from debates about the ethics and aesthetics of the representation of death. The seminar focuses on some of the ways death is--or is not--being addressed by contemporary media. Readings will include texts by Barthes, Becker, Bataille, Baudrillard, DeLillo, Freud, Russell, Sobchack, and Sontag, among others. Sessions will engage with experimental, documentary, and fiction films, videos and audios, photographs, ads, and web sites. Students are expected to conduct outside research in developing focal areas for seminar presentations, discussions, and papers.

Media Studies courses are open to all graduate students. Undergraduate Juniors and Seniors with permission from the instructor and BA/MA Media studies students should email mediastudiesadvising@newschool.edu for access.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Media Studies (NMDS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 20

Enrollment Status: Closed*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 9:06pm 11/15/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 603

Date Range: 1/28/2019 - 5/13/2019