MATX 601 (Section 001, Schedule #17827)
Virginia Commonwealth University
Fall 2017
Th 4:00pm - 6:40pm :: 330 Hibbs
Prof. David Golumbia
Office: 324D Hibbs Hall
Fall 2017 Office Hours: Thurs 12:30-3:30pm

Texts and Textuality

This course, a core requirement for the Media, Art, and Text (MATX) PhD program, explores current theories of texts and textuality, with some emphasis on the ways they relate to the study of other media and the arts. The course surveys several disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to texts, drawing on writings by major figures from literary theory, cultural studies, visual studies, and media studies. The course is taught by discussion. Evaluation is via course participation and one long seminar paper.


Texts for purchase (no specific editions are required)

All other texts will be available electronically on the web, in Blackboard, or via the library.

Assignments and Evaluation

Evaluation will be based on written exercises and course participation as follows:

Course-Specific Policies

Official VCU Policy Statements

Please consult the Provost's official page on topics such as classroom conduct, email, the Honor System, and other important policy issues.

Week-by-Week Syllabus

Week One. Text (I)

Week Two. Text (II)

Week Three. Authorship

Week Four. Interpretation

Week Five. No class

Week Six. Marxism and Materialist Interpretation

Week Seven. Gender and Sexuality

Week Eight. Race

Week Nine. Reading period; no class

Week Ten. Postcolonial Theory

Week Eleven. Forms

Week Twelve. Visual Culture and Media

Week Thirteen. Ngai, Our Aesthetic Categories

Week Fourteen. Thanksgiving, no class

Week Fifteen. Digital Humanities

Week Sixteen. Lowe, Intimacies of Four Continents

Final paper is due by the end of the final exam period, 6:40pm, Thursday, Dec 14, 2017, per the registrar's exam schedule. The paper should be submitted on Blackboard. No late papers can be accepted for the final paper assignment. There is no other final exam for the course.

Last updated November 22, 2017.