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Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture

Edited by Akira Mizuta Lippit, James Leo Cahill, Carl Good, Timothy Holland, Genevieve Yue

Subjects: Art, Cultural Studies, Film History, Film Theory and Criticism, Media Studies, Philosophy, Television Studies

Published three times per year
ISSN 1522-5321
E-ISSN 1536-1810

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Discourse explores a variety of topics in contemporary cultural studies, theories of media and literature, and the politics of sexuality, including questions of language and psychoanalysis. The journal publishes valuable and innovative essays on a wide range of cultural phenomena, promoting theoretical approaches to literature, film, the visual arts, and related media.

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Discourse Volume 39, Number 2 (Spring 2017)
Photoelectric Technologies of Liberation
With Guest Coeditor Oscar Guardiola-Rivera

Concerning Violence, Part I: The People Are Missing
Oscar Guardiola-Rivera

Concerning Violence, Part II: Fanon and the Intelligent Machine: Reflections from a Conversation with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
Oscar Guardiola-Rivera

Derrida’s Negotiations as a Technique of Liberation
Drucilla Cornell

Rockin’ It in Blue: A Black Existential Essay on Jimi Hendrix
Lewis R. Gordon

“Order Is the Best We Can Hope For”: Sicario and the Sacrificial Violence of the Law
Kojo Koram

The Nature of Political Heroes: Some Aesthetic Considerations
Jane Anna Gordon

Remembering the Spectacle of Disaster after 9/11: Review of 9/11 and the Visual Culture of Disaster by Thomas Stubblefield
Michael Anthony Turcios



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Discourse Volume 39, Number 3 (Fall 2017)
Documentary Audibilities
Edited by Pooja Rangan and Genevieve Yue

Audibilities: Voice and Listening in the Penumbra of Documentary: An Introduction
Pooja Rangan

Hearing Voice(s): Experiments with Documentary Listening 
Irina Leimbacher

Between We and Me: Filmed Interviews and the Politics of Personal Pronouns
Paige Sarlin

Roundtable: Wild Sounds and Women’s Voices
Genevieve Yue

Documenting the Son/iconic Discord
Markos Hadjioannou

Data Visualization as Documentary Form: The Murmur of Digital Magnitude
Tess Takahashi

Do a Number: The Facticity of the Voice, or Reading Stop-and-Frisk Data
Soyoung Yoon

Science Fiction, Globalization, and “The Desire Called Utopia”: Reimagining the Future and the Ontology of Possibility: Review of Shockwaves of Possibility: Essays on Science Fiction, Globalization, and Utopia by Phillip E. Wegner
Arun Pokhrel


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39.2: Photoelectric Technologies of Liberation

38.1: Media and Materiality in Latin America

37.3: Science/Animation
37.1-2: Derrida and Cinema

36.1: Special Issue: After Glissant: Caribbean Aesthetics and the Politics of Relation

35.2: Special Issue: Motion Pictures: Politics of Perception


33.2: The Meaning of "Life"

32.3: Lugubrious Games
32.2: Transpositions
32.1: Benjamin in Latin America

31.3: Translation and Embodiment in National and Transnational Asian Film and Media
31.1-2: On the Genealogy of Media

30.3: Cinema and Accident
30.1-2: "Who?" or "What?"—Jacques Derrida