Kittler and the Media
January 2011, Polity
Kittler and the Media offers students of media theory an introduction to Kittler's basic ideas. Following an introduction that situates Kittler's work against the tumultuous background of German 20th-century history (from the Second World War and the cultural upheaval of the late 1960s to reunification), the book provides succinct summaries of Kittler's early discourse-analytical work inspired by French post-structuralism, his media-related theorising and his most recent writings on cultural techniques and the notation systems of Ancient Greece.
This clear and engaging overview of a fascinating theorist will be welcomed by students and scholars alike of media, communication and cultural studies.
Chapter I Background-Biography and Beyond.
Chapter II Discourse Analysis.
Chapter III Media Theory.
Chapter IV Greek Cultural Techniques.
Chapter V Controversial Achievements.
Geoffrey Winthrop-Young is Professor of German at the University of British Columbia.
John Durham Peters, University of Iowa
"A key work in contemporary media theory, this study is a step
toward readjusting the question of the media in today's debates.
Kittler's beland of Heideggerian history of Being and Neitzschean
genealogy is meticulously retraced. And - even more importantly -
Winthrop-Young addresses a fascination with technology, the beloves
twentieth-century enemy of philosophy and the humanities."
Rudiger Campe, Yale University
"Witty, concise and insightful, Kittler and the Media
covers the three major phases of Kittler's career, including
Kittler's recent work on the Greek alphabet, and traces connecting
threads through the different phases. Deeply thought through
Kittler and the Media covers essential points of media
theory in its German and international contexts."
Katherine Hayles, Duke University