Media Transatlantic: Developments in Media and Communication Studies between North American and German-speaking Europe

  • Norm Friesen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Norm Friesen, Richard Cavell
    Pages 1-12
  3. Theory and Nationality of Media

  4. McLuhan Transatlantic

  5. Greek Recursions

  6. Materiality and Ontology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. Dieter Mersch
      Pages 153-180
  7. New Directions

About this book


This book reflects recent scholarly and theoretical developments in media studies, or Medienwissenschaft. It focuses on linkages between North America and German-speaking Europe, and brings together and contextualizes contributions from a range of leading scholars. In addition to introducing English-language readers to some of the most prominent contemporary German media theorists and philosophers, including Claus Pias, Sybille Krämer and Rainer Leschke, the book shows how foundational North American contributions are themselves inspired and informed by continental sources. This book takes Harold Innis or Marshall McLuhan (and other members of the “Toronto School”) as central points of reference, and traces prospective and retrospective lines of influence in a cultural geography that is increasingly global in its scope. In so doing, the book also represents a new episode in the international reception and reinterpretation of the work of Innis and McLuhan, the two founders of the theory and study of media.


Communication in German Speaking Europe Contemporary Theories of Media Culture and Communications Seminar Geopolitics of Media Studies German Discourse Analysis of Media German Media Theory Marshall McLuhan''s Gutenberg Galaxy Pervasive and Proliferating Media Technologies Plato's Hybrid Medium Reflections on the Creative Aspects of Transmission The Toronto School of Communication Theory Transatlantic Aesthetics Transatlantic Influences on the Toronto School Walter Benjamin's Arcades Mechanization Takes Command

Editors and affiliations

  • Norm Friesen
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept of Educational TechnologyBoise State UniversityBoiseUSA

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