Revolution and Media in a Global Perspective

3 credits

RUSS 4850

Russian
College of Arts and Science

(same as GERMAN 4850; cross-leveled with RUSS 7850, GERMAN 7850). This course offers a historical and global survey of the rise of modern revolution, from France to Haiti to Russia to the Black Power movement and beyond. Drawing on media studies and cultural studies, we will explore how revolutions are tied up in specific medial environments. This entails asking how media spread revolution, whether in print and visual culture, in the broadcast media of the twentieth century, or in the digital landscapes of the twenty-first century, and how revolutions can be understood themselves as media events. In the process students will develop a critical vocabulary for discussing the role of media in political and cultural revolution and counter-revolution in a global perspective. Graded on A-F basis only.