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Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture

Edited by James Leo Cahill, Luka Arsenjuk, Carl Good, Timothy Holland, and Sara Saljoughi

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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Since its founding in 1979, Discourse has been committed to publishing work in the theoretical humanities with an emphasis on the critical study of film, literature, the visual arts, and related audiovisual media. The journal seeks contributions that explore the relations of these and other cultural phenomena to questions of language, philosophy, politics, psychoanalysis, history, and area studies, as well as theories of gender, race, and sexuality.

For submission and editorial information, please contact Managing Editor Emma Ben Ayoun at discourse@cinema.usc.edu or visit http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/discourse.

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Discourse Volume 42, Numbers 1-2 (Winter/Spring 2020)
SPECIAL ISSUE: Cinema, Modernism, and the Perplexing Methods of Stanley Cavell
Edited by Jennifer Fay and Daniel Morgan

Jennifer Fay and Daniel Morgan

The World Heard
Kyle Stevens

Between Scylla and Charybdis: Toward a Viable Medium Specificity
Kathleen Kelley

Attending to Film: The World Viewed and Cinematic Political Thinking
Davide Panagia

Must We Mean What We Film? Stanley Cavell and the Candid Camera
Jennifer Fay

When There’s No More Room in Hell, Should We Read Stanley Cavell?
James McFarland

Turning to Nature: Cavell and Experimental Cinema
Dave Burnham

Modernist Investigations: A Reading of The World Viewed
Daniel Morgan

Modernizing the Movie Theater: Review of The Optical Vacuum: Spectatorship and Modernized American Theater Architecture by Jocelyn J. Szczepaniak-Gillece
Marsha Gordon

Complicating the “Good War”: Review of Destructive Sublime: World War II in American Film and Media by Tanine Allison
Eileen Rositzka

Do Borgesians Dream of Transcendent Totality?: Review of Tar for Mortar: “The Library of Babel” and the Dream of Totality by Jonathan Basile
Sarah Warren


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The following issues are available in print:

42.1-2: Cinema, Modernism, and the Perplexing Methods of Stanley Cavell

41.2-3: In Honor of Peggy Kamuf

40.2: The Logic of Separation

39.3: Documentary Audibilities
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