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The screen media reader: culture, theory, practice

The screen media reader: culture, theory, practice

Monteiro, Stephen, editor

As mobile communication, social media, wireless networks, and flexible user interfaces become prominent topics in the study of media and culture, the screen emerges as a critical research area. This reader brings together insightful and influential texts from a variety of sources-theorists, researchers, critics, inventors, and artists-that explore the screen as a fundamental element not only in popular culture but also in our very understanding of society and the world

Paperback, Book. English.
Published New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Stephen Monteiro
ISBN: 1501311700, 9781501311703
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xxi, 466 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm
Subject: Mass media.; Media Studies.


  1. Preface
  2. Acknowledgements
  3. Permissions
  4. Editor's Note
  5. Introduction: Reflecting on the Screen
  6. Section One: Screens and Their Histories
  7. Introduction to Section One
  8. 1.1 Screen Identities
  9. Charles R. Acland (Concordia University, Canada), "The Crack in the Electric Window"
  10. Francesco Casetti (Yale University, USA), "What Is a Screen Nowadays?"
  11. Sean Cubitt (Goldsmiths, University of London, UK), "Current Screens"
  12. Anne Friedberg (University of Southern California, USA), "The Multiple"
  13. William Henry Fox Talbot (Inventor of the calotype process, UK), "The Magic Mirror"
  14. 1.2 Evolution and Revolution
  15. Plato, from The Republic
  16. Erkki Huhtamo (UCLA, USA), "Screenology; or, Media Archaeology of the Screen"
  17. Lev Manovich (CUNY, USA), "A Screen's Genealogy"
  18. Edmond Couchot (Digital Artist and Art Theoretician, France), "The Ordered Mosaic, or The Screen Overtaken by Computation"
  19. Uta Caspary (Art Historian/Architecture Critic, Germany), "Digital Media as Ornament in Contemporary Architecture Facades: Its Historical Dimension"
  20. Section Two: Images and Frames
  21. Introduction to Section Two
  22. 2.1 The Production of Images
  23. Louis-Jacques-Mand? Daguerre ('Father of Photography', France), "Description of the Process of Painting and Lighting in...Pictures of the Diorama"
  24. Lara Baladi (MIT, USA), "When Seeing is Belonging: The Photography of Tahrir"
  25. Ron Burnett (Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Canada), "Building New Worlds"
  26. Brad Chisholm (St. Cloud University, USA), "On-Screen Screens"
  27. Sarah Atkinson (King's College London, UK), "Mobile Cinema"
  28. Marcel Proust, from Swann's Way
  29. 2.2 Terms of Display
  30. Giambattista della Porta, from Natural Magick: in XX Bookes
  31. Frederick Kiesler (Architect, Ukraine), Building a Cinema Theatre
  32. Jean-Louis Baudry, "Ideological Effects of the Basic Cinematographic Apparatus"
  33. Harper Cossar (Emory College, USA), "The Shape of New Media: Screen Space, Aspect Ratios, and Digitextuality"
  34. Stephen Monteiro (The American University in Paris, France), "Fit to Frame: Image and Edge in Contemporary Interfaces"
  35. Mitchell Whitelaw (University of Canberra, Australia), "After the Screen: Array Aesthetics and Transmateriality"
  36. Section Three: Environments and Interactions
  37. Introduction to Section Three
  38. 3.1 Moments of Interface
  39. O. Winter, "The Cinematograph"
  40. Paul Frosh (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel), "The Face of Television"
  41. Douglas Engelbart, from Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework
  42. Heidi Rae Cooley (University of South Carolina, USA), "It's all about the Fit: The Hand, the Mobile Screenic Device and Tactile Vision"
  43. Alexandra Schneider (Johannes Gutenberg-Universit?t Mainz, Germany), "The iPhone as an Object of Knowledge"
  44. Virginie Sonet (Universit? Paris II - Panth?on-Assas, France), "The Smartphone Screen in All Its States"
  45. Amy Herzog (Queens College, CUNY, USA), "In the Flesh: Space and Embodiment in the Pornographic Peep Show Arcade"
  46. 3.2 Systems and Networks
  47. Haidee Wasson (Concordia University, Canada), "The Other Small Screen: Moving Images at New York's World Fair, 1939"
  48. Anna McCarthy (New York University, USA), "From Screen to Site: Television's Material Culture, and Its Place"
  49. Onookome Okome (University of Alberta, Canada), "Nollywood: Spectatorship, Audience and the Sites of Consumption"
  50. Stan VanDerBeek (Experimental Filmmaker, USA), "'Culture: Intercom' and Expanded Cinema: A Proposal and Manifesto"
  51. Robert Edgar, "The Aesthetics of the Arena: Live and Recorded"
  52. Nanna Verhoeff (Utrecht University, The Netherlands), "Performative Cartography"
  53. Further Reading
  54. List of Contributors
  55. Index

Author note

Stephen Monteiro is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Concordia University, Canada. He is the author of Screen Presence: Cinema Culture and the Art of Warhol, Rauschenberg, Hatoum, and Gordon (2016).


This volume represents a timely, capacious, and essential accounting of screens as media-a thorough thinking-through of screens not only as holders of images but as material sites of transmission, communication, and the production of knowledge. The book's cross-media and transhistorical approach brilliantly reveals new ways to conceive of screen studies' increasingly central place in humanities scholarship.
Gregory Zinman, Assistant Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA||Far more than just an anthology, The Screen Media Reader is perhaps the most comprehensive response yet to the multiplicity and ambiguity of the contemporary screen, responding to its multifarious nature by juxtaposing diverse writings about it - from Plato, through Daguerre, to Manovich and Friedberg. By bringing together the most exciting writing in this field and contextualising it with clear, section-by-section introductions, the book offers a unique insight into the screen's fast-evolving nature and how leading thinkers have responded to it. For anyone interested in how screens function and how we engage with them, The Screen Media should be the first book to turn to.
Richard Misek, Senior Lecturer in Film Practice, University of Kent, UK||A stimulating and imaginative compilation of essays which should excite any student.
Claire Barwell, University for the Creative Arts, UK