General Exam Lists


Major Field I: 20th Century American Fiction

Special Topics:

Histories: media archaeology and the 19th century “origins of media”
Users: technics and the everyday
Case Studies 1: Networks, Cybernetics, Code
Case Studies 2: Gaming, Virtuality, Navigable Space
Marxism as a paradigm of media studies | apparatus theory | cultural studies
Grounding Foucault, or the genealogy of current “German media theory”


A. Histories: Media Archaeology and the Nineteenth Century

Batchen, Geoffrey

Crary, Jonathan

Zielinski, Siegfried

Sterne, Jonathan

Gitelman, Lisa

Hagener, Malte

Altman, Rick

Mannoni, Laurent

Burch, Noël

Abel, Richard

Gunning, Tom

Campbell, Timothy

Elsaesser, Thomas

Michaud, Philippe-Alain

Stewart, Garrett

West, Nancy Martha

Liu, Alan

Levin, Tom

Giedion, Sigfried

Valéry, Paul

Oliver Wendel Holmes

William Henry Fox Talbot

Benjamin, Walter

Taft, Robert

Edison, Thomas

Shaw, Jeffrey and Peter Weibel, eds

Huhtamo, Erkki / Zielinski, Sterling, Druckrey

Huhtamo, Erkki

Parikka, Jussi

Stafford, Barbara Marie and Frances Terpak

Ernst, Wolfgang


B. Users: Media Technics and the Everyday

Heidegger, Martin

Stiegler, Bernard.

Cavell, Stanley

Blanchot, Maurice

Mumford, Lewis

Turkle, Sherry

Suchman, Lucy

de Certeau, Michel

Debord, Guy

Lefebvre, Henri

Highmore, Ben

Fiske, John

Weber, Samuel

Foster, Hal

Hansen, Mark B.N.

Wegenstein, Bernadette

Seltzer, Mark

Banta, Martha

Bill Brown

Mauss, Marcel.

Bourdieu, Pierre

Wills, David

Kapp, Ernst

Cassirer, Ernst


C. Case Studies 1: Networks, Cybernetics, Code

Fuller, Matthew, ed.

Fuller, Matthew

Weiner, Norbert

Turing, Alan

von Neumann, John

Bush, Vannevar

Bateson, Gregory

Heims, Steven

Galison, Peter

Bowker, Geoffrey

Johnson, John

Galloway, Alexander and Eugene Thacker

Kittler, Friedrich

Deleuze, Gilles

Chun, Wendy Hui Kyong

O’Mara, Margaret Pugh

Edwards, Paul

de Landa, Manuel

Allen, Ken

Meltzer, Eve

Lyotard, Jean-Francois, curator

Tofts, Darren et. al.

Ludlow, Peter, ed.

Markley, Robert, ed.

Golumbia, David

Uricchio, William

Dyson, George

Mahoney, Michael


D. Case Studies 2: Gaming, Virtuality, and Navigable Space

Lévy, Pierre

Juul, Jesper

Galloway, Alexander

Wark, McKenzie

Sudnow, David

Murray, Janet

Keenan, Thomas

Colomina, Beatriz

Weber, Samuel

Wardrip-Fruin, Noah and Pat Harrigan eds.

von Borries, Walz, and Bottger, eds.

Manovich, Lev

Huizinga, Johan

Caillois, Roger

Iacovoni, Alberto

Nitsche, Michael

Friedberg, Anne

Uricchio, William

Montfort, Nick and Ian Bogost

Dibbell, Julian


E. Marxism as a Paradigm of Media Studies | Apparatus Theory | Cultural Studies

Marx, Karl

Kracauer, Sigfried

Benjamin, Walter

Weber, Samuel

Brecht, Bertolt

Adorno, Theodor

Althusser, Louis

Enzensberger, Hans Magnus

Baudrillard, Jean

Comolli, Jean-Louis

Baudry, Jean-Louis

Derrida, Jacques

Williams, Raymond

Hall, Stuart

Curran, James, et al.

Fiske, John

Stevenson, Nick

Jameson, Fredric

Dienst, Richard

Strinati, Dominic

Marx & Engels

Gramsci, Antonio


F. Grounding Foucault, or the Genealogy of Current (German) Media Theory

Foucault, Michel

McLuhan, Marshall

Kittler, Friedrich

Wellbery, David.

Gumbrecht, Hans Ulrich

Winthrop-Young, Geoffrey

Pfeiffer, K. Ludwig (ed.)

Horn, Eva (ed.)

McNamara, Andrew and Peter Krapp (eds.)

Lovink, Geert

Werber, Niels

Hansen, Miriam

Hayles, N. Katherine

Vismann, Cornelia.

Stanitzek, Georg

Ernst, Wolfgang

Tholen, Georg Christoph

Stingelin, Martin

Müller, Jan-Dirk

Pias, Claus

Siegert, Bernhard