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History of Communication Reading List

The History of Communication, 2021/22, Semester 2
Chris Anderson
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Carey, J. (1974). “The Problem of Journalism History.” Journalism History ISSN: 0094-7679 1(1):1-27  

Colllingwood (1994 [1946]), The Idea of History. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press

Nord, D.P. (2006). “James Carey and Journalism History: A Remembrance.” Journalism History ISSN: 0094-7679 32(3).

 Eisenstein, E. (1983) “Some Features of Print Culture,” from The Printing Revolution in Early Modern Europe. Cambridge: UK  

Johns, A. (1998). “Introduction: The Book of Nature and the Nature of the Book,” from The Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making. Chicago, IL: Chicago University Press  

Johns, A. (2002). “How to Acknowledge a Revolution.” The American historical review. ISSN: 0002-8762 107(1): 106-125  

Eisenstein, A (1980). The Printing Press as an Agent of Change (Volumes One and Two). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press

Cavallo, G (ed). (2003). A History of Reading in the West. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press

Socolow, M. And Jefferson Pooley. (2013). “The Myth of the War of the Worlds Panic.” Online at

Nadaff-Harfrey, B. (2015). “Invaders in Our Living Room: Why We Love the Myth That Most Americans Believed the 1938 ‘War of the Worlds’ Broadcast.” Online at  

Douglas, S. (2004). Listening In: Radio and the American Imagination. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press

Starkman, D. (2013). “The Future is Medieval.” Online at  

Neumann, R. (1991). The future of the mass audience ISBN: 0521424046 (pbk); 0521413478. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press (Chapter One)   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Potts, J. (2008). “Who’s Afraid of Technological Determinism? Another Look at Medium Theory.” Online at  

Starr, P. (2005) The creation of the media : political origins of modern communications ISBN: 0465081932 (alk. paper). New York, NY: Basic Books

Jackaway, G. “America's Press-Radio War of the 1930s: A Case Study in Battles between Old and New Media.” Historical journal of film, radio and television. ISSN: 0143-9685, 14, 3 (August 1994): 299-314.  

Moore, P. (2005). “Everybody’s Going: Newspapers and the Early Mass Market for the Movies.” City and community. ISSN: 1535-6841; 1540-6040 (Electronic) 4(4): 339-357  

Jackaway, G (1996). Media at war : radio's challenge to the newspapers, 1924-1939 ISBN: 0275952576. Wesport, CT: Praeger

Jenkins, H. (2008) Convergence Culture. New York, NY: NYU Press: Chapter One 

Rudd, A. (2016). “Victorians Living in Public: Cartes de Vistes as 19th Century Social Media.” Photography and Culture ISSN: 1751-4517 9(3): 195-217  

Miller, T. and Richard Maxwell (2011). “Old, New, and Middle-Aged Media Convergence.” Cultural studies.. 25(4-5): 585-603

Burns, E (2007). Infamous scribblers : the founding fathers and the rowdy beginnings of American journalism ISBN: 9781586484286 (pbk.) : £9.99; 1586484281 (pbk.) : £9.99. New York, NY: PublicAffairs. (Chapter 3 

Nielsen, R.K. (2012). “The Rendell Inquirer? The Spectre of the Instumentalization of the American News Media.” Online at  

Peck, R. (2018). Fox populism : branding conservatism as working class ISBN: 9781108721783 (pbk.); 9781108496766 (hardback). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press (Chapter One).   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Schudson, M. (1978). Discovering the news : a social history of American newspapers ISBN: 0465016669 (paper); 0465016693 (cloth) : $12.95. New York, NY: Basic Books

Kreiss, D. (2016). Prototype Politics: technology-intense campaigning and the data of democracy. New York, NY: Oxford University Press (Chapter 2 

Green, J. and Sasha Isenberg (2016). “Trump’s Data Team Saw a Different America: And They Were Right.” Online at  

Issenberg, S. (2013). The victory lab : the secret science of winning campaigns ISBN: 9780307954794 (hardback). New York, NY: Broadway Books

Higgins, C. (2015). This new noise : the extraordinary birth and troubled life of the BBC ISBN: 9781783350728 (paperback). London, UK: Guardian Faber Publishing (Chapter One).   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Benson, R. et. al. (2017), “Public Media Autonomy and Accountability: Best and Worst Public Policy Practices in 12 Leading Democracies.” International Journal of Communication ISSN: 1932-8036 11(2017).  

Powell, A. (2011). “Net Neutrality Discourses: Comparing Advocacy and Regulatory Arguments in the United States and the United Kingdom.”  Information society. ISSN: 0197-2243 27(5): 311-325  

Pickard, V. (2014) America's battle for media democracy : the triumph of corporate libertarianism and the future of media reform ISBN: 9781107694750 (pbk.) : £18.99; 9781107038332 (hbk.) : £55.00; 9781316056394 (PDF ebook) : No price.

Conboy, M. (2004). “Women’s Journalism: From Magazines to Mainstream,” from Journalism: A Critical History. London, UK: SAGE  

Beetham, M. (1996). A magazine of her own? : domesticity and desire in the woman's magazine, 1800-1914 ISBN: 0415141125 (pbk); 0415049202 London, SAGE

Radway, J (1984). Reading the Romance: Women, Patriarchy, and Popular Literature. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press

Michaeli, E. (2016). The defender : how the legendary black newspaper changed America : from the age of the Pullman porters to the age of Obama ISBN: 9780547560694 (hardback); 9780547560878 (ebook). New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. (Chapter One  OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (MAA 03/10/2018) 

Gates, R. (2018). Double negative : the Black image and popular culture ISBN: 9781478000549 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9781478000419 (hardcover : alk. paper). Durham, NC: Duke University Press  

Saha, A. (2017). Race and the cultural industries ISBN: 9781509505302 hardback; 150950530X hardback; 9781509505319 paperback; 1509505318 paperback. London, UK: Wiley. (Chapter One  Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 


This list was last updated on 19/09/2018