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 Chapter 4: Critical approach to response to a media text

[4.1] Critical Approaches to Response to a Media Text

[4.2] Applying critical perspectives to an ad

[4.3] Rhetorical/Audience Analysis

[4.4] Semiotic/Narrative Analysis

[4.5] Poststructuralist Analysis: Interrogating Language Categories

[4.6] Critical Discourse Analysis

[4.7] Psychoanalytic Theories

[4.8] Feminist Criticism

[4.9] Postmodern Theory

[4.10] Postcolonial Theory

[4.11] Final Task

[4.12] References


Chapter 4

[4.1] Critical Approaches to Response to a Media Text

[4.1.1] Book reviews: Other cultural studies and critical theory books.

[4.1.2] www.theory.org.uk [an excellent site with lots of links to different critical theorist and applications to media]

[4.1.3] Illuminations: The Critical Theory Website

[4.1.4] University of Iowa: Critical Theorists

[4.1.5] Learning Theory Through Pop Culture [a college course taught by Dino Felluga applying different critical theories to popular culture]

Journals applying critical theory perspectives to media and film:

[4.1.6] Alt-X
[4.1.7] CTheory [on-line journal]
[4.1.8] Bright Lights Film Journa
[4.1.9] Enculturation
[4.1.10] Images: a Journal of Film and Popular Culture
[4.1.11] Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media
[4.1.12] Pop Matters

[4.1.13] Critical methods for analyzing TV: from Jeremy Butler, Blaine Allan and Gary Copeland, Television: Critical Methods and Applications: pdf file

[4.1.14] Illustrations from Jeremy Butler, Blaine Allan and Gary Copeland, Television: Critical Methods and Applications

[4.1.15] Hammer, R.  (2006). Teaching Critical Media Literacies: Theory, Praxis and Empowerment.  Interactions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies, 2(1).

For further reading:

Altheide, D. (1996). Qualitative Media Analysis. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Baldwin, E., et al. (1999). Introducing cultural studies. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Barry, P. (1995). Beginning theory: An introduction to literary and cultural theory. Manchester: Manchester University Press

Bignell, J. (2003). An introduction to television studies. New York: Routledge.

Brooker, P. (1999). A concise glossary of cultural theory. London: Arnold.

Cashmore, E., & Rojek, C. (Eds). (1999). Dictionary of cultural theorists. London: Arnold

Couldry, N. (2003). Media Rituals: A Critical Approach. New York: Routledge.

Elsaesser, T., & Buckland, W. (2002). Studying Contemporary American Films: A Guide to Movie Analysis. London: Arnold.

Everett, A., & Caldwell, J. (Eds.). (2003). New media: Theories and practices of digitextuality. New York: Routledge.

Fuery, P., & Fuery, K. (2003). Visual Cultures and Critical Theory. London: Arnold.

Green, K., & Bihan, J. (1995). Critical theory and practice: A coursebook. New York: Routledge.

Hill, J., & Gibson, P. C. (Eds.) (2000). Film studies: Critical approaches. London: Oxford University Press.

Macey, D. (2001). The penguin dictionary of critical theory. New York: Penguin.

Miller, T., & Stam, R. (Eds.). (2003). A Companion to Film Theory. London: Blackwell.

Natoli, J. (1997). A primer to postmodernity. Malden, MA: Blackwell.

Simpson, P., Utterson, A., & Shepherdson, K. (Eds.). (2003). Film theory: Critical concepts in media and cultural studies. New York: Routledge.

Strinati, D. (2004). An introduction to theories of popular culture. New York:


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