Welcome to the series, Keywords for Media Studies!

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—NYU Press

We’re delighted to announce the publication of Keywords for Media Studies.  Our project maps the interdisciplinary field of media studies—past, present, and future.  We are grateful to have assembled a stellar group of scholars to assist in this endeavor.  Our 65 pieces come from contributors who were asked to approach their keyword as a challenge, a problematic, and a field of debate and inquiry.  Moving beyond simple definitions, the entries provoke critical reflection and intervene in the major ideas and debates that have defined and shaped the vibrant and evolving field of media studies.

We intend the book to serve a range of audiences. It will be a useful resource for teachers and students at various levels of instruction, from introductory courses to graduate seminars.  We also hope its conceptual provocations will challenge media studies scholars to grapple with the critical building blocks of our field.  Finally, the book offers a general introduction to scholars and students from other fields, interested in what this entity called “media studies” looks like at this moment in time.The book joins a series of keyword books in media and cultural studies on one hand, and

The book joins a series of keyword books in media and cultural studies on one hand, and NYU Press’ series of outstanding Keywords collections on the other hand.  We invite users to read the entries in this context—that is, to appreciate the histories and trajectories of the keywords we have chosen to represent media studies, as well as the variability and scope of these words across historical contexts and disciplines.

We plan to offer suggestions on how to use the book in the classroom via this website. Both of us teach large introductory courses for undergraduates and upper level seminars for graduate students, and we’ll aim to provide ideas and tips for connecting the project to each of these audiences, and with those in between.

Visit keywords.nyupress.org for online essays, teaching resources, and more. 

Read the Keywords for Media Studies Table of Contents here.

About the authors:
Laurie Ouellette is Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota, where she teaches media and cultural studies. She writes about television, media culture, social theory, and consumer culture, and is the co-author of Better Living Through Reality TV: Television and Post-Welfare Citizenship and editor ofA Companion to Reality Television, among other books.

Jonathan Gray is Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and author of Television Entertainment, Television Studies(with Amanda D. Lotz), Show Sold Separately: Promos, Spoilers, and Other Media Paratexts, andWatching with The Simpsons: Television, Parody, and Intertextuality.

This post originally appeared on the Keywords blog.