Noises offscreen: could a crisis of confidence be good for media studies?

Durant, Alan (1991) Noises offscreen: could a crisis of confidence be good for media studies? Screen: the journal of the Society for Education in Film and Television, 32 (4). pp. 407-428. ISSN 0036-9543

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Abstract

In this article, I explore a number of current difficulties of definition and practice within media studies I suggest that, collectively, these may give rise to a 'crisis of confidence' in the field After assessing the relationship between media studies and other fields, especially English studies, I comment on three particular problems in media studies' issues of analytic method, issues of history and issues of language. Work in each of these areas has been made more, rather than less, problematic, as the result of media studies' evident aim of disentangling itself from the baggage of those disciplines from which it emerged historically I do not suggest that media studies is therefore without value. Far from it: the need is overwhelming But agreeing on the existence of a need
does not guarantee the suitability of existing responses to that need - hence the questions I want to ask.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Law and Politics
ISI Impact: 2
Item ID: 8044
Notes on copyright: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Screen: the journal of the Society for Education in Film and Television following peer review. The version of record Alan Durant; Noises offscreen: could a crisis of confidence be good for media studies?, Screen, Volume 32, Issue 4, 1 December 1991, Pages 407–428, is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1093/screen/32.4.407
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Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2011 06:48
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2017 12:28
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/8044

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